The egg-zilarating, egg-stravagant, sp-egg-tacular EGG!

April 16, 2009

Wondering what to do with your motley mish-mosh of hard-boiled delicacies now that Easter is over? Well no more! It’s Egg Salad Week!!! Make some egg salad (but only if you’ve been refrigerating your eggs!), and while you’re at it, read on to learn more than you ever thought you could about the egg-zilarating, egg-stravagant, sp-egg-tacular EGG!

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*The oldest dinosaur eggs ever found are about 200 million years old.

* Since 1955, the Waffle House has served over 1,527,602,959 eggs.

* All penguin species, except the King and Emperor, lay two eggs.

*Fresh eggs will sink in water while stale ones float (do not eat the floaters!)

* Chickens lay different colored eggs, including shades of white, brown, pink, blue and green.

*If you leave an egg soaking in vinegar for one day, you can take it out and bounce it! The reason is the vinegar (or acetic acid) reacts with the shell (or calcium carbonate) and carbon dioxide is released as bubbles, taking the calcium along with it.

* An egg’s shell has over 17,000 pores.

*Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D.

*In ancient Rome, meals often began with an egg course. The Romans crushed the shells in their plates to ensure no evil spirits could hide there.

*Eggs (especially rotten ones) and other foods have been thrown in protest since the time of Vespasian nearly 2,000 years ago. Eggs were chosen because of their less than lethal – and messy – nature, as well as ease of procurement.

*The ovum (or egg) is the largest cell in the human body and can usually be seen with the naked eye.

Erin C
Authored By Erin Crouch

As a Youth Education Marketing Coordinator, Erin is responsible for keeping the 20 districts to the North of Houston informed about everything going on at the Museum. She also works booths at various conferences to help promote HMNS to educators. She is crazy about all things entomological, loves working with special needs children, and is always involved in some sort of creative endeavor.

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