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It’s so hot in Australia that one man almost literally fried eggs on the sidewalk

Anyone want an Australian breakfast?

 

Aja Romano

IRL

Published Jan 6, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 8:20 pm CDT

The Mid-Atlantic region woke up to the season’s first massive snow on Tuesday morning, but down under, it’s so hot they’re frying eggs on the sidewalk.

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In Perth, Australia, the temperature reached a whopping 46 degrees Celsius on Monday. For you Americans, that’s 114 degrees Fahrenheit, or “scalding” in layman’s terms.

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If we lived in Perth right now, we’d probably be spending the day inside next to the biggest air conditioner we could find. But for one group of Australians, yesterday was a day of opportunity rather than a day to nestle one’s head into the nearest fridge. 

17-year-old YouTube user HeyItsNeishy uploaded a video showing just how hot things are in Perth. In it, his friend makes an egg sandwich in a matter of minutes with nothing but a skillet and a little solar power. 

Of course, the video is a little deceptive. Research has shown that even in extremely high temperatures, sidewalks don’t actually absorb enough light to maintain egg-frying temperature, which is around 158 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The man in the video above isn’t actually frying directly on the sidewalk—he’s using a black iron skillet, which absorbs more light than the sidewalk would absorb directly. The skillet also likely had a few minutes to warm up before being put to the test.

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While we’re glad we don’t have to replicate this experiment any time soon, we have to commend the chef for scoring such stand-out yolks. Sunny side up, anyone?

Screengrab via HeyItsNeishy/YouTube

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*First Published: Jan 6, 2015, 12:39 pm CST