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Someone Egged Death Valley

A park employee posted a video of herself cooking an egg in a covered skillet and inspired many park visitors to try their own culinary science experiment.

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Sometimes social media works just a little too well. A park employee posted a video of herself cooking an egg in a covered skillet, using just the heat of the desert environs to cook up a lovely breakfast snack.

The video became incredibly popular and inspired many park visitors to try their own culinary science experiment. But, apparently they haven’t been using the same controlled conditions. It got so messy that Death Valley National Park actually issued a statement on their Facebook page, begging visitors to leave the eggs at home.

From Outside:

Unfortunately, many visitors are neglecting to use a skillet or tin foil and are just leaving drippy egg bits everywhere.

“ was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents,” read the statement. “The Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.”

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