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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 15°C
# eggsperiment
Can you really stand an egg on end on the day of the vernal equinox?
Let’s find out. Warning: Things get messy.

Updated 22.45pm

IT’S AN OFT-REPEATED urban legend that you are able to stand an egg on end on the day of the vernal equinox – or at least, that it’s easier to do it on that day.

Scientists have found that – unsurprisingly – you’re as likely to be able to do it on the day of the equinox as you are on any other day, but given that it only comes along twice a year, we thought we’d give it a shot today.

Things got competitive. / YouTube

Video: Nicky Ryan/

First published 15.53pm

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