Would a Chicken’s Egg Break by Squeezing Its Ends?
Would a Chicken’s Egg Break by Squeezing Its Ends? Chicken’s egg can withstand firm pressure exerted on them without shattering. Try breaking an egg by squeezing its end – you’ll find it almost impossible to break it this way.
The secret lies in the shape of the egg. If you squeeze the ends of an egg between the palms of your hands, it won’t break. However, if you squeeze it in the middle, it pops and creates a terrible mess.
If you have seen the way eggs are sold in the market, you would have noticed that they are kept with their ends pointing up and are never left lying horizontally. Hens, too, incubate their eggs the same way, with the narrower end pointing upwards.
For distorting or crushing an object, its shape is as important as the material it is made of. Although an eggshell is really fragile, its queer dome-shaped end makes it a ‘tough nut to crack’.