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Grizzled WBZ NewsRadio reporter Carl Stevens cracks an egg on pavement in single-digit temps to see what would happen.




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He could have done some real science

Report on how much various things shrink in this weather, compared to summertime. (Steel shrinks 7 one-millionths of an inch for every degree F in temperature drop. Plastics shrink more.)

Talk about how the cold can make things brittle and more likely to break.

Discuss the rate of heat loss from an uncovered head.

There's a lot going on. Dropping an egg on the sidewalk is a waste of time, because everyone knows what will happen.

“Various things shrink in this weather”

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Yeah, you keep telling yourself that.

Sorry, the setup was there.

In very slightly more serious news, the low tire pressure light came on in the car last night. After stopping to inflate the tires, the missus, who is kind of a Seahawks fan, mentioned something about air pressure being affected by cold weather. The ideal gas law was not explicitly mentioned.


I hate that

That tire pressure thing. Yeah - light up just when I least want to get out of the car and take my gloves off, whydontcha?

When Jr. gets his permit, that will be his job (It's part of driving, son!).

(Seahawks and science: some idiots put out a "shehawks" meme a couple of years back, with tutus photoshopped in. I had to point out that female hawks are 20-30% bigger than the males and exponentially more ornery! Not what you want in an opponent.)

This stupid WBZ story is like

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This stupid WBZ story is like one of UHub’s stupid high tide posts. Then you mock them for doing their story?


Bigger ramifications

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He proved that news days are subject to the same physics as matter.

They slow down when it gets cold.



My bro in Canada thinks our temps are pretty much his "normal" if not "cold" weather. (Rocky foothills outside Calgary).

Know what else? Being normal weather, they are adapted to it. So, yes, we still get to bitch. The egg thing is dumbass, but we get to play with the unusual weather, too. Just like they get to bitch when the heat/humidity gang up on them or play when it rains 4" a month for more than a month (our normal) and floods them out.


I didn't say you shouldn't complain, just that if this guy seems to be under the impression that we're experiencing something utterly unique. It's not that uncommon for it to get down to around 0 in Boston at some point, it just normally doesn't stay that cold for that long.

Most years there's a week in Boston when it's almost this cold. (Sub 20 for a few days.) It just hasn't happened in a while.

Somewhat unique

As reported by Mike Wankum: Dec 1917-Jan 1918 is the last time Boston had 7 straight days of a high temp of 20 or below. We may tie that record on Tuesday, though Saturday presents a chance of going above 20.

Highly unusual, actually

Boston doesn't regularly get to zero. Look at the almanac archives - we have gone more than five years at a time without getting this cold. I lived here for several years before we had a winter with a day below zero.

Now we have had several days in December that are such coldness. This is unusual.


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Why didn't he try French Toast?!

I Tried It — Two Out Of Three Eggs Bounced ?!! ... SwirlyGrrl?

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          ( SwirlyGrrl, so knowledgeable in such things — can you explain this? )

I tried repeating the experiment, but with three eggs I left outside all night long. All three eggs were taken from the same (slightly expired) carton of eggs, and placed outside together at the same time.

The first two eggs were frozen rock-solid and — no matter how hard I threw them at the ground — bounced (or bounced and rolled) much like a billiard ball would.

After videoing the first two eggs at close range, I decided to film the third egg from a distance. Expecting it to behave exactly like the first two, I was genuinely astonished when the third egg went splat!

I caught myself on my own Candid Camera! — but why didn't the third egg freeze?


They aren't all eggsactly the same, Elmer!

The frozen ones kind of bounce because they have completely or near-completely formed an irreversible gel due to eggceptionally low temperatures (egg whites are an emulsifier - they make oil and water form a solution, but don't crystallize)

The third one might not have totally frozen - or completely gelled up. That could be due to basic out-of-the-hen differences in composition, it might not have gotten cold enough where it was (or it may have been larger), it might have had microbial activity keeping it warm - who knows for sure!

Mid Tops — With "Straight Bar" Lacing

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Mathematically, there are 1,961,990,553,600 possible ways to lace a shoe, though realistically, only 43,200 would actually make sense.

The website, "Ian's Shoelace Site" has dozens of practical and fashionable styles of lacing to choose from. A little widget shows you step-by-step how to do whichever method you choose, taking into account the number of eyelets your particular shoes have:
   ( despite the lacing name. I've worn these for dancing at Paradise )