Earlier this month a man recorded what he says is a world-record-breaking, all-time high temperature in Death Valley (135).
It won't count. But the attempt, along with the corresponding summer heat, has drawn tourists to the SoCal desert. One of their top pastimes is frying an egg on the ground. Yeah, it's been that hot. Gotta take a selfie with that sunny-side-up protein for the folks back home.
It's cute and all, and we're sure Aunt Martha will appreciate the Instagram, but you idiots are leaving your fried eggs, shells and cartons behind.
Yesterday the National Park Service in Death Valley was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the hottest temperature ever officially recorded on the planet, 134 in 1913.
But the service also reminded park visitors on its Facebook page that somebody's got to clean up their stupid egg-related messes, and that job usually goes to federal workers.
It was the Park Service itself that set off this creative littering by posting a video (above) of how it's done, inspiring a rash of copycats this month.
The Park Service recommends you use a pan instead of the ground:
… 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, or the Salt Playa at Badwater.
The sustainable way to do this would be to get a vintage, cast iron skillet and actually eat that egg. And, uh, apparently bacon doesn't work with this trick, unless you're into warm pork sushi.