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Wonder how? Wonder why? Wonder Zone is your weekly peek into the minds of Cincinnati Museum Center Program Specialists. Why are Peacock feathers so shiny? How do magnets work? Every week, James, Brian, Megan or another CMC specialist will guide you through a new experiment answering questions like these. See how to perform fun science experiments at home and, more importantly, learn why and how the experiment even works in the first place.
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Wonder Zone Video of the Week
Impossible Egg Crush
Can you crack an egg in your hands? It's a little harder than you might expect!
A bowl or bin
- Place the bowl or bin on your towel.
- Remove any rings or bracelets, and roll up your sleeves.
- Place the egg in the palm of your hand and wrap your fingers around it evenly.
- Squeeze the egg as hard as you can!
- Did it crack? If not, try the other hand.
- Still no cracks? Try placing the egg between your hands with your fingers laced, and push on it with both palms as hard as you can.
- Now try cracking the egg a different way. Apply pressure to only one point on the egg, such as by tapping it on the edge of your bowl.
Go further: What are some other strong shapes that can stand up to great pressure? Are there other examples of strong shapes that you can find in nature?