Saturday, February 04, 2012


Being the closet "kiasu" that I am, after seeing a couple of my Facebook friends post photos and status updates about their eggs standing, I jumped out of bed and went downstairs to the kitchen, rummaging for some eggs. A carton-full of eggs I found, but very little patience I had. I was not able to stand any eggs in my first attempt.

I searched for information on the rationale behind this sudden surge of egg-standing interest - it was the spring equinox, or Lup Chun day to the Chinese. Apparently the egg standing can only be done between 12pm and 1pm of the first day of Spring.

An equinox occurs when the sun passes directly over the earth's equator. This occurs twice in a year during spring and autumn, when the tilted axis of rotation of earth is parallel to the motion of the earth around the sun. This means that the earth's axis is not tilting towards or away from the sun during these points in time, and all latitudes of earth (except the two poles) will experience roughly 12 hours of daylight. Hence the Latin term aequus (equal) - nox (night).

Perhaps some sort of gravitational force does play its role in facilitating the standing of eggs. However it would have to be very mild, or we would be having strange physical occurrence on Lup Chun every year!

Testing my phone camera effects with the eggs standing phenomenon
However after reading more on the egg standing phenomenon, apparently it can be done any time of the year. You just needs a little patience to stand an egg. And it's true!


  1. Anonymous3:10 PM

    The egg probably stand due to

  2. Thanks for the heads up! That theory does make a lot of sense :)