# Question: How Much Stress Can An Egg Endure Before Cracking?

## Can eggs hold up a car?

BBC Two – Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections, Series 2, Guggenheim Bilbao, Eggs strong enough to hold a car!.

## When should you balance an egg?

Yes, you certainly can balance an egg on its end during the March 20 vernal equinox — but you can also do this on any other day of the year. … The vernal equinox occurs around March 20, but this year it is arriving earlier on March 19.

## Is it impossible to crack an egg vertically?

Conclusion: It is impossible to crack an egg in an upright position, but possible (although hard) to crack an egg on its side.

## Will an egg break if you stand on it?

If you pick an egg up and squeeze it as hard as you can with your bare hands, it probably won’t break, thanks to its arched shape. … When you stand barefoot on a carton of eggs, your foot is big enough to spread the pressure of your weight around to all of the eggs, and their arched structure keeps them from breaking.

## How much force does it take to break an egg?

Usually, it takes a little more than 5 ½ pounds of force to crack an eggshell — much less than the weight of a human being — but the precise amount of force needed depends on the direction in which that force is applied and how much the force is distributed (or not) over the surface of the shell.

## Can you crack an egg with your bicep?

The reason the egg won’t crack in between your arm muscles is because, by squeezing the egg from both sides you are applying an equal amount of pressure on it which is distributed across the whole of the egg.

## Which side of an egg is stronger?

The egg is strongest at the top and the bottom (or at the highest point of the arch), which is why it does not break when pressure is added to both ends. The curved form of the shell also distributes pressure evenly all over the shell rather than concentrating it at any one point.

## Why can eggs hold so much weight?

You may notice that as the egg is made to bear the weight of the load, it does not remain perfectly rigid. It bows out slightly around the middle, deforming due to the pressure exerted over it. This phenomenon is well documented in physics, and is related to the stress a rigid body feels when a force is acting upon it.

## Why is it harder to crack an egg vertically?

Eggs are similar in shape to a 3-dimensional arch, one of the strongest architectural forms. … That’s why the egg doesn’t break when you add pressure to both ends. The curved form of the shell also distributes pressure evenly all over the shell rather than concentrating it at any one point.

## Why can’t you break an egg with your hand?

But when you squeeze an egg in your bare hand, its strength is amazing. … The real strength of an egg lies in its shape. A side on blow from a sharp object puts pressure across the thin shell and easily breaks it. But squeezing directs pressure into the egg so that it compresses along, not across the shell.

## Is it impossible to break an egg in your palm?

Squeeze an egg in your hand and crush it. … Eggs are amazingly strong despite their reputation for being so fragile. An egg can withstand nearly your entire strength as you try to squeeze it. There’s not even a crack!

## Can you crack an egg with your index finger and thumb?

Grip the thinner end of the egg with your index finger and thumb and hold the rest of the egg with your other fingers. Leave a small space between your index and middle finger—this is where the egg will crack.