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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 10:00 pm

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.

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  • Rich Hanner posted at 6:34 am on Fri, Jul 11, 2008.

    Richard Hanner Posts: 10 Staff

    FROM EDITOR RICH HANNER:I want to thank Brian for a bright feature. He not only shot the photos, but wrote a short story and prepared a video version, too, all under deadline pressure. In my view, he showed a sense of humor and a bunch of initiative. I liked the package, and I'm sure many readers did, too. Trying to provide fresh angles on the weather is always a challenge. We are wide open to reader suggestions.

  • posted at 3:35 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Bob Loblaw, I have to say you have some of the best blogs ever. I get a good chuckle out most of them. Thank you.

  • posted at 1:07 pm on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Perhaps a good (if not trite) idea for a column. But the placement really does make Lodi seem like a one-horse town.

  • posted at 11:57 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Was this his senior project?

  • posted at 9:02 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    In the time it took you people to read and complain about this article, you could have been out in the community making a difference.

  • posted at 8:56 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    .Ok, so you answered a question I have long sought an answer for:"Is the News Sentinel 'Chief Photographer' job a full time position?"Apparently not, as you seem to have a LOT of free time on your hands! :)

  • posted at 6:15 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Hey revolver: your are obvioulsy a proponent of mediocrity. At the top of the paper it reads "NEWS" in big bold letters. This supposed article was not news!

  • posted at 5:09 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    You people are ridiculous. Obviously this is meant to be a light-hearted, fluff story meant for a good laugh. And this is Lodi. If nothing happens then nothing happens. They can't make up exciting news out of nothing.

  • posted at 4:19 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    I tried to bring home some hamburger from Food 4 Less yesterday on a bus WITHOUT A/C, but the hambugrer cooked and was done before I got to the bus station! The up side, was that I didn't have to cook the hamburger on my stove and heat up my place!

  • posted at 3:25 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Well that explains a lot. Not only is this considered a front page story, but the reporter thinks its a cool idea to spray Pam and plop an egg on the hot painted surface of his car. Then he eats it. What is your point, Brian? Are you are trying to prove it is hot in Lodi in July? (Duh, that is a no brainer.) Or that you know how to ruin the paint on your car? (Another no brainer?)Either way, LNS, how about some real reporting. Why do I have to read the Record to find out what is going on in Lodi?

  • posted at 3:16 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Ya, I'm sure spraying Pam on your paint is really good for it, not to mention an egg frying on your paint. I wouldn't do that, even on an Audi 5000.

  • posted at 3:10 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Awesome story!!!!!!!!!

  • posted at 2:58 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Are you kidding? Is this the journalistic endeavors the editors aspire to cover?

  • posted at 2:25 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Yawn.... a real slow news day in the bustling metropolis of Lodi.Whaddya do, recycle this story every seven years or so?

  • posted at 1:03 am on Thu, Jul 10, 2008.


    Fantastic story. Yesterday I whipped up a nice meat loaf casserole. I put the dish inside my trunk, and baked it for about 3-4 hours. It turned out so juicy, and i didn't even use my oven.



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