Daily Archives: July 17, 2013

July 18: Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

sunny-side-up-fried-eggsHave you looked at the thermometer lately? Hello, summer! It’s Sidewalk Egg Frying Day!

There’s actually some debate about the date for Sidewalk Egg Frying Day. Some sites say July 4 and others say July 18, but, since I missed the 4th, I’m celebrating today. Just a couple of tips before you go:

  • Use a skillet. If you fry it directly on the sidewalk, you’ll have a gross mess that’s no fun to clean up and that I certainly wouldn’t eat. (Correction: I’m told you shouldn’t eat it, even if you cook it in a pan, but I’m really not sure why as long as it’s cooked thoroughly.)
  • Let your skillet warm up for about 15 minutes before you crack your egg on it. The sun is powerful, but it’s not microwave fast.

Frying eggs on a sidewalk has actually been in the news lately due to a rather funny event. A park ranger in Death Valley posted a video a week or two ago showing how she fried an egg in a skillet just using the heat from the sidewalk (and the sun). The video took off, and now park authorities are begging visitors not to fry eggs directly on the sidewalk. They’re tired of cleaning gooey half cooked eggs off the pathways! (More info here)

Stay cool today!

“For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.”

Psalm 32:4

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July 17: Wrong Way Corrigan Day

Sorry for the delay in posting folks. Just assume I took a wrong way myself. ūüôā

Wrong Way CorriganOn July 17, 1938, Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan made quite a name for himself in flying. It was not as big a name as Charles Lindbergh, perhaps, who made the first solo trans-Atlantic flight just over ten years earlier, but he definitely became rather famous.

Corrigan had been flying since he was a teenager and was one of the many employees of Ryan Aeronautical Company, who built Lindbergh’s plane¬†The Spirit of St. Louis.¬†He had always wanted to perform his own solo trans-Atlantic flight, and so he bought a used¬†Curtiss Robin OX-5 monoplane called Sunshine¬†and began making extensive modifications.

He applied, repeatedly, for clearance to fly from New York to Ireland, but was denied every time on the grounds that the Sunshine was unstable and not safe enough for a flight that long. On July 9, 1938, he flew from California to New York, planning to return to California on July 17. However, when he took off from New York to California, something happened, and, instead of heading west, he flew east, landing in Ireland 28 hours and 13 minutes later, leaking fuel into the cockpit from his almost empty tanks.

In fact, he cleared the cockpit of dangerous gas fumes by punching a hole in the floor with a screwdriver, on the far side from the hot exhaust pipes.

Wrong_Way_Corrigan New York Post

Most of the world has had a good laugh at Wrong Way Corrigan and his “accidentally” ending up exactly where he’d wanted to go all along, even though officials wouldn’t let him. In fact, he received numerous congratulations from different people, both in America and Ireland, and the aviation authorities couldn’t do anything beyond suspending his pilot’s license – for a whole two weeks. ¬†Nevertheless, Corrigan maintained for his entire life that it truly was an accident, that he’d gotten turned around due to clouds and a faulty compass, and didn’t realize his mistake until 26 hours later.

You can find lots more information here about Wrong Way Corrigan and his “rattling bucket of bolts.”

“Your word is a lamp¬†for my feet,
a light¬†on my path.”

Psalm 119:105