With the unusual March weather here in Wisconsin, temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's for several weeks, I almost forgot that today was the first day of spring or the vernal equinox.
The word equinox is Latin meaning equal night. The spring and fall equinoxes are the only dates with equal daylight and dark as the Sun crosses the celestial equator.
My students always looked forward to the first day of spring because we would create a segment for our school television news program on the vernal equinox. Folklore has it that you can stand a raw egg on end during this day, so five students would be chosen to see if they could balance an egg.
Frustration, giggles, success and high fives would fill the air in our small television studio where everyone usually had success, even if for only a second, with the egg stand. Some eggs stood on end for several hours.
Of course, it is a myth that you can only stand an egg on end during the vernal equinox, if conditions are right this can be done at other times.
|I decided to try this yesterday, I got one to stand on end,|
but after five minutes I just couldn't get the second one to stand on end.
I retired last June, so someone else at my old elementary school will have fun with the students.
Go ahead give it a try, you know you want to.