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  • - [Sarah] I'm in Florida and it's hot.

  • And for a lot of us stuck at home,

  • we're getting a little antsy, a little bored.

  • So that's why I decided to test the age old adage,

  • it's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk,

  • with my own sidewalk.

  • The temperature right now is in the upper 90s.

  • The feel-like is 10 degrees above that.

  • I think it should be pretty easy.

  • Let's find out.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Oh crap.

  • Well, it's got some shells in that.

  • All right, let's let her rip.

  • I'm sweating so much, it is so hot out here.

  • I can't believe this isn't cooking.

  • Is this the hottest sidewalk?

  • - [Man] Probably not gonna cook on any of the sidewalks.

  • - [Sarah] You don't think it's gonna cook at all.

  • Turns out, it's not as easy as I thought.

  • I did miserably.

  • I think it's time to pull out the big guns.

  • I'm reaching out to the world's

  • foremost egg frying on the sidewalk expert.

  • Fred Eck.

  • - [Fred] My name is Fred Eck.

  • I was the producer of the Oatman egg frying

  • for the last 30 years.

  • - So how did the Oatman egg frying contest start?

  • - [Fred] That that came to be about

  • because we were the hottest spot in the nation.

  • We're right in the desert.

  • We're right in the tri-state area of California,

  • Nevada, and Arizona, right on the Colorado River.

  • I said, we gotta do something for the summertime

  • because we're always talking about

  • having nothing to do in the summer because it's too hot.

  • - And if it's that hot,

  • might as well make it fun to be outside.

  • - [Fred] Yeah, I said, well, why don't we

  • have a egg fry on the sidewalk and see what that could do.

  • Bring a lot of people.

  • And that started the whole thing off.

  • So on July the 4th, 1993, we had an egg fry.

  • Well, we first put the egg onto the sidewalk

  • to see if we could fry it on the sidewalk.

  • - You threw it on the sidewalk and it just didn't work.

  • - [Fred] The egg just sat there and it didn't do anything.

  • - It didn't work for me either.

  • - [Fred] We couldn't fry any eggs on the sidewalk

  • in 15 minutes because the temperature

  • would have to be 160 degrees.

  • Well, you'd be frying yourself as well as the egg.

  • So we couldn't do that.

  • Main thing is, is to have a device

  • that's gonna make that egg fry,

  • like a frying pan or something like that.

  • And it's gotta be hot.

  • And if it's not hot, it's not gonna work.

  • - Describe to me the perfect sidewalk egg.

  • What does it look like?

  • - [Fred] Well, the outside of the egg,

  • of course, is kind of a gel.

  • And it's transparent.

  • When that turns white, your egg is fried.

  • - Are there any really weird methods

  • people use to fry eggs on the sidewalk?

  • Like something I wouldn't have thought of.

  • - [Fred] People have come up with devices

  • where they cook them in frying pans.

  • So they used aluminum foil,

  • magnifying glasses, and glasses, and all kinds of stuff.

  • A trombone, and it's upside down.

  • The ring would draw the heat to the egg

  • and shoot it up to the egg.

  • - I see another one where it looks like

  • somebody had foil in a jar.

  • - [Fred] Yeah, that was a device where

  • the jar was amplified the heat.

  • It was very unique and different.

  • The device one time that was really good was a solar mirror.

  • He cooked the eggs in three minutes.

  • And it was fried to a crisp.

  • So you can do it.

  • - You could actually make a full breakfast

  • if you have the right kind of device?

  • - [Fred] Absolutely.

  • They were cooking eggs, and bacon, and hash browns.

  • And I couldn't believe that.

  • But I saw it and they did it.

  • - So an important part of egg frying is the showmanship.

  • You have to fry it with style.

  • - [Fred] Right, right, right.

  • They get all dressed up in different costumes.

  • And that was some of the fun.

  • They dressed up as the devil, as a welder,

  • anything to draw attention to the fact

  • that we're frying eggs on the sidewalk.

  • - Yeah, so you're in Arizona, it's hot.

  • I'm in Florida, it's really hot, but it's not 115 degrees.

  • Is that hot enough to fry an egg?

  • - [Fred] I know you can do it.

  • Papa Sun up there, he'll take care of you.

  • And he'll fry your egg real good.

  • Just come up with something and it'll work.

  • - So I don't have solar mirrors,

  • but I do have regular mirrors.

  • I think I can rig up a few of these devices

  • that people have used to fry eggs at this contest.

  • And hopefully one of 'em works.

  • All right, egg, you got it.

  • Okay, so it's hot in Florida, but it's not Death Valley hot.

  • So I'm already at a disadvantage.

  • So I'm gonna need all the devices I can find

  • to try to get eggs hot enough so that they can actually fry.

  • With this pan I'm gonna try with a magnifying glass.

  • I'm just gonna set it up like this.

  • Let's try this other weirdest method in a glass container.

  • You gotta get it in foil.

  • I gotta get it in there.

  • I think I gotta get like a mirror out here too.

  • So I'm gonna just put that light right on the egg,

  • Just egg in a foil.

  • Now it's really hot, 122 degrees.

  • - [Watch] 15 and counting.

  • - [Sarah] So this one's got the mirror.

  • This one's got the magnifying glass.

  • This one's this weird contraption.

  • This is pretty just basic.

  • So we're gonna be able to compare these four eggs.

  • One of them better cook, that's all I gotta say.

  • This one already looks pretty good.

  • Didn't have a dog costume, but had the dog head.

  • So now I'm a hot dog and I'm working on some hot eggs.

  • Peace!

  • Oh my god, this is actually like way too hot.

  • I don't think I can do this.

  • Oh god.

  • How's everything going?

  • Oh my god, they're not near needing to turn.

  • It is so hot out, and these eggs are not cooking.

  • I'm using the devices.

  • I wish I had something solar powered,

  • like Fred suggested, but I don't.

  • So I'm just trying my best.

  • I'll never make bacon.

  • So still hours have passed and the eggs

  • are not quite getting there.

  • So I really gotta step it up.

  • So now I'm gonna fry an egg,

  • and I'm going to apply everything to this one egg.

  • I'm putting all my eggs in one basket, so to speak.

  • So this is what I'm doing.

  • I'm gonna be preheating the pan on the hood of this car

  • because it's much hotter on the hood of that car.

  • So get it nice and hot.

  • I'm gonna be using the magnifying glass.

  • I'm gonna be using the mirror.

  • And hopefully I'm gonna finally fry an egg

  • on this hot ass sidewalk.

  • Oh my god, wait, I think it's working.

  • Oh my god.

  • Wait a second.

  • I can't believe how well this is working, oh my god.

  • All right, we gotta add bacon.

  • Oh my God.

  • (bacon sizzling)

  • You hear that sizzle?

  • Oh my god, I'm gonna be able to do a whole breakfast.

  • That's a good looking egg.

  • I mean, I actually probably like it...

  • Honestly, I think I overcooked the egg.

  • Honestly, preheating the cast iron on the car

  • was key for this to be successful.

  • Hey, who knows?

  • Maybe next year if the pandemic's gone

  • I'll travel to Arizona and enter

  • that egg frying competition myself.

  • 'Cause I think, I think I got it now.

  • Bye

  • (dramatic music)

- [Sarah] I'm in Florida and it's hot.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/30
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