Introduction: How To: Get an Egg Through a Bottleneck
A quick, easy tutorial on how to get an egg through a bottleneck and into a bottle--a classic, wow your friends science experiment.
Bottom line, science is cool. It's got the wow factor of magic and the additional bonus in that it helps us explore the world around us. This experiment is no exception. Amaze your kids and friends. Then seize the opportunity to explain the magic behind it. :D
Step 1: Things You'll Need
- Safety Glasses
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Glass Jar or Bottle*
Optional Method 2 (step 7) additional ingredients:
- Optional Method 2: Boiling Water
Step 2: Safety First
Put on those safety glasses. Check your surroundings and make sure they are clear of any flammable items.
This is also a great time to peel your eggs if you haven't done so yet.
Step 3: Light Your Matches
Check your surroundings and make sure you have nothing flammable in the area. Strike and light three matches. Let them burn for a second before gently dropping them into the bottom of your jar/bottle.
NOTE: The lighting of a match should be performed by an adult or supervised by an adult. According to the Kid's Health site, matches are still the leading cause of fire related injuries and death among young children.
Step 4: Add Your Egg
Your matches should extinguish pretty quickly so you've got to work fast. After your matches have been dropped in, place your egg on top of the opening to your jar/bottle with it's skinny end facing down.
Step 5: Watch the Magic
Step 6: Ta Da!
You've got yourself an egg in a bottle. Show and wow your kids and friends.
Step 7: Optional Method #2
- Boil some water in your kettle or in a pot (kettles make it easier to pour later!)
- Pour boiling water into the bottom of your bottle/jar.
- Place your inverted egg (small side down) on top of your bottle/jar
- Wait for the magic! :D
Step 8: Removing the Egg
Option 1: Simply invert your bottle/jar so that the egg has repositioned itself at the opening. Run hot water over the back of the bottle until the air inside has had a chance to heat up. The gas inside will expand and push the egg out.
Option 2: Carefully stick an object with a blunt end into your bottle. Break up the egg and shake it out--gently.