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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Egg phenomenon - Vernal equinox 
Answer/Pointer: From a letter dated 7/1/81 from Cliff Morrison, NBC reporter who had done a story on this, to Roberta Carpenter, Head of Reference at LCPL in 1981: An egg is a nearly perfectly balanced microcosm of sorts anyway. You have the yoke inside the symmetrical shell which is also a factor. Now, during the vernal equinox the sun moves across the equator into the southern hemisphere. At the precise start of this equinox the sun is in balance with the earth, and at that time if you put a raw egg on its wide end, it will stand alone, at least for a while. This occurrence does not happen when the sun returns to the north in the Fall. The gravitational pull during the equinox is also the greatest. Copy of letter in Expanding File under E 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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