DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- It gets so hot in Death Valley that you can fry an egg with sun power.
That’s what one Death Valley National Park employee did last week, when she took a frying pan to the pavement and posted the video online.
Park visitors park were quick to imitate her, but they didn’t use skillets and left gooey messes. The park then issued a plea on its Facebook page to crack down on the egg-frying fiasco.
“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,” the post says. “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.
“This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks.”
Death Valley highs have been hovering around 120 degrees, and on Wednesday the park marked the 100th anniversary of the world’s hottest day on record – 134 degrees – set there in 1913.
Park rangers say the egg frying has since stopped due to rain and clouds that have rolled across Death Valley.