So far July here in the Hudson Valley has been pretty hot and pretty muggy. So that got me thinking about an old saying, "It is so hot outside you could fry an egg on the pavement." Well could you? Apparently eggs need a temperature of at least 158 degrees Fahrenheit to cook. That means the surface of the concrete would have to be that temperature or hotter for the length of time it would take to cook the egg.

Hot fried eggs in a pan
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So what would be the challenges? Turns out there are a few. According to the Library of Congress the egg would initially cool the pavement resulting in the pavement cooling off. Also it turns out that even though the concrete might feel like it is burning our feet off if we walk on it the temperature does usually get above 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Another issue is that concrete doesn't conduct heat so an alternate heat source would need to be available.

So, can you fry an egg on the pavement? Turns out NO, not really. You can kind of cook part of an egg but to fully fry an egg on pavement has yet to be accomplished. However, you can apparently fry an egg on the hood of a car.