Infernal Equinox

By Phil Plait | March 20, 2007 7:40 pm

Hey! I almost forgot: the vernal equinox is here! It happened at 00:07 Universal Time (5:07 p.m. Pacific time) on March 21, a few hours ago as I write this.

Yes, you can stand eggs on end. But yes, you can do it at any time of the year. No, it’s no easier on the vernal equinox. No, I don’t care if your egg fell over a few minutes after the equinox. Yes, I stand eggs up all the time, and yes, they stay standing up until I knock them over or someone walks by and vibrates the floor.


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  1. Do you have any idea where the “you can stand an egg on its end at the equinox” idea started?

  2. Chupacabras

    00:07 of March 21, but 17:07 of March 20 as in the Pacific. :)

    I had a belated cup of wine to celebrate, but I’ll have another tomorrow.

  3. Astroprof: I heard some guy wrote a book with the whole history of the egg-standing myth in it. Check the title of this website for the book’s name. :-)

  4. csrster

    It adds a whole new dimension to chat-up lines …

    “How do you like your eggs in the morning?”
    “Standing on their ends.”

  5. icemith

    Why is it not called the “Vernal Eggsquinox” then?


  6. What is it about the vertical gravitational equilibrium of chicken abortions that’s such a big deal, anyway?

  7. Damien

    i love the autumn equinox.

    Why? because 21 march is my birthday

  8. Irishman

    Damien, do you happen to live in the Southern hemisphere?

  9. Jamie

    A) The link to the egg spinning article doesn’t work; seems to have a superflous link.

    B) Damien! Me too!! March 21, 1976. Born in Pennsylvania, living in Australia. :)

  10. Jamie

    See, I can’t type either. *sigh* =)

  11. Damien


    March 21st, 2007 at 7:10 am
    Damien, do you happen to live in the Southern hemisphere?”

    Yes, i live in Melbourne, Australia

  12. Damien

    B) Damien! Me too!! March 21, 1976. Born in Pennsylvania, living in Australia.

    Happy birthday, what part of Australia do you live in?

  13. Tom

    The “you can do it any time of the year” link returns the dreaded “404 not found” page…

  14. An egg head can stand on their head in Australia or Pennsylvania and still be smart.

    Myself, I can’t even spell Australia or Pennsylvania without a cut&paste tool.

  15. Nes

    Birthday for me too! But I get to call it the Spring Equinox. Happy Birthday to us!

  16. Jamie

    Brisbane, Queenslands, Damien. =)

  17. Damien

    nice place up there, must go back sometime…

  18. BA, Yes I have read that book too, only it wasn’t eggs but ping-pong balls and there was a woman too, though she didn’t try to stand them on end in fact she was…..

    Oh no… sorry sorry, I’m thinking of the movie, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” ūüėČ

  19. blf

    The correct link seems to be:

    I have to admit I’d never even heard of this silliness before…


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