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Death Valley park to visitors: Stop frying eggs on ground

Published On: Jul 11 2013 10:02:13 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 11 2013 03:03:51 PM CDT
Fried egg, Death Valley heat 6

REUTERS/Steve Marcus

The weather has been so hot in Death Valley National Park lately, a park employee posted a video of herself cooking an egg with nothing but a skillet and the sun.

The video has become a viral hit and soon enough, visitors to the hot, dry area were inclined to attempt to fry an egg, too, but without skillet. What's been left behind has been a runny mess of eggs all over the park.

It has gotten to be such a problem that the park issued a plea on its Facebook page to crack down on the egg frying frenzy:

"An employee's posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley 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. However, 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."

The reason the employee made the video in the first place is that Death Valley temperatures have been around 120 degrees, and the region just celebrated the 100th anniversary of the world's hottest day on record: 134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913.