Monday, September 21, 2009
I've always loved the Equinox!
For maybe 30 years or so, wherever I was employed, I schlepped a raw egg to work.
I would wait till there was a lull in the action, whip out the egg, and announce that this was THE only day of the year that you can balance a raw egg on it's end. I then proceeded to painstakingly balance the egg until I could let go completely. It was much fun to watch my co-workers stare in wide-eyed amazement at this strange feat! First of all, there was always some numb-nuts that asked..."Whats an Equinox?" At this point I would give a stern look of consternation and reply, "What the fuck did you learn in school anyway?" That usually shut him up. But then you kind of had to give some lame explaination as to why this occurs. I would sputter something about the gravitational pull is less during this time, because of how the Earth tilted on it's axis. Not wanting to appear TOO stupid, that definition usually put off any further discussion.
Even though you can balance an egg on end ANYDAY of the year, is it really easier to successfully do it on this day? Some say yes!!!
Because of the 23 degrees of tilt of the Earth's spin axis, there is a degree of symmetry during an Equinox when the Earths spin axis is EXACTLY at right angles with the direction to the Sun of the Earth!! At this point the gravitational field lines of the Earth and the Sun have perhaps a more complimentary symmetry causing minimal distortion from the vertical for these lines at this period.!!
So you do see the pics above right? I balanced an egg today on THREE different tables at my house...Just now!! But is it easier to do it during an Equinox?
What say you good readers? FACT.....Or BULLSHIT!!!!!