Everyone has heard the old saying: "It's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk."
With temperatures soaring past 100 degrees, I tried it, and it didn't work so well.
Wednesday's high reached 105 degrees and although that's hot enough to be dangerous for people and extremely uncomfortable, it's still a little shy of being able to fry an egg.
After a little Web research, I learned that a surface needs to reach 158 degrees to make an egg's proteins "denature," or modify, and then coagulate and harden.
I decided to see if sidewalk, asphalt and the hood of my Jeep could get hot enough to fry an egg.
The egg remained uncooked after being on the sidewalk for about 10 minutes, so the old saying, didn't hold its merit, at least on Wednesday.
The black asphalt managed to hold enough heat to begin the cooking process, but it took more than 15 minutes and it was a slow change.
The best result were from the hood of my car. The black sloping surface of the Jeep made the egg hard to handle with a spatula, but after 10 minutes the egg was hard enough to pick up and throw on a plate. (I sprayed a little Pam on my hood to protect the paint job, because, as anyone who has had their car egged on Halloween can tell you, egg yolk and auto paint don't mix.)
With a black plate, utensils, orange juice and some toast provided by our cops reporter, I dug into my afternoon breakfast. It tasted like burned marshmallows. So even though it may be hot enough to fry an egg, it sure doesn't taste very good.