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Eggzactly

A science teacher told his after school class, “Whoever can get this egg into this smaller glass bottle will win no homework for a week! The rules are: the egg has to go into the bottle in one piece, and you can’t break the bottle. You can also use anything in the science lab. So, do we have any volunteers?”

A boy raised his hand and the teacher pointed at him. The boy took the egg and looked around the science lab for the things he could use. He saw some writing paper, a pack of matches, some vinegar, a sink, and the glass bottle. By the end of the after school class, the boy had gotten the egg into the smaller bottle.

How did he do it?

Note that, without doing anything to the egg, the egg can’t fit into the bottle.

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8 guesses to Eggzactly


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  • Sid

    He put the egg in the vinegar for some time. That made the shell soft and bouncy which made it easier to put it in the bottle without breaking it. Not sure what he did with the match-sticks and the paper.

  • Dude

    So far so good, Sid.

    Soaking the egg in vinegar will definitely soften the egg shell.

    So what’s next?

  • Dude

    So far so good, Sid.

    Soaking the egg in vinegar will definitely soften the egg shell.

    So what’s next?

  • anant

    After that he lighted the paper and put it in the bottle so that the egg became hard again

  • Dude

    Need more info, Anant.

    Keep trying.

  • Paul

    As the paper burns in the bottle, he puts the soft egg over the mouth of the bottle and the ensuing pressure from the heat causes the egg to slide into the bottle.

  • Dude

    You are correct, Paul.

    First, soak the egg in the vinegar which softens the shell without compromising the egg. Next, take some of the writing paper and shred it into pieces. Take the shredded pieces and put them into the glass bottle. Take a match and light a fire inside the bottle with the shredded paper. After, take the vinegar-soaked egg and put it on the top of the bottle so no oxygen can get into the bottle. The fire can’t live without any oxygen so it will try to suck oxygen from the entrance which the egg is blocking. When the fire does this, the fire becomes like a vacuum. So, basically, the fire sucks the egg into the bottle to try to get the oxygen. After a short while, the shell will re-harden and that’s how the egg gets into the bottle.

    You are today’s winner.

  • Acary

    after he put the egg in the vinegar, he took a match, lit it, and put it in the bottle. Then he placed the egg on the lid of the bottle. the egg will squeeze through and stay in one piece