It's so Hot at the Australian Open That Fans Are Now Trying to Fry Eggs

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 16, 2014

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If you were curious as to whether they would let you bring a frying pan and a couple of eggs into the Australian Open, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. 

We are still awaiting word on bacon, though. 

Business Insider's Tony Manfred spotted a hilarious tweet from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during what we assume was his second-round win over Thomaz Bellucci

What we have here is someone who is either trying to be clever or sate his hunger—perhaps both. Either way, the real question is how this picture could possibly be devoid of bacon, a breakfast staple. 

The second thought might be how one gets through the turnstile with all the fixings for brunch. Our previous assumption that only hobbits carry cooking utensils around seems to be horribly unfounded. Essentially, the security at Hisense Arena is fairly relaxed. 

Now, as for the temperature, NDTV reports heat reached 42 degrees Celsius, or 108 Fahrenheit, necessitating the roof to be closed after the first set because of the Australian Open's "extreme heat policy."  

CNN's Jethro Mullen reports things may get a tad bit hotter heading into the weekend, because temperatures could reach 44 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit) in the coming days. 

Yeah man, but it's a dry heat. 

Sports Illustrated's Courtney Nguyen paints a pretty grim picture when it comes to the scorching heat athletes and fans have to deal with in Melbourne, reporting, "a ball kid fainted and a Canadian qualifier who also collapsed on the court blasted the tournament for playing through “inhumane” conditions."

Caroline Wozniacki remarked, "I put the [water] bottle down on the court and it started melting a little bit underneath — the plastic — so you knew it was warm."

OK, so it's hot enough to melt plastic, but can it sizzle your eggs enough to satisfy a nonchalant food critic?

Here is a BBC host attempting to fry an egg in Death Valley, Calif. as temperatures loom around 52 degrees Celsius. 

As you can see, you are at best going to get a slow-cooked egg, which is probably as unappetizing as it sounds, or worse, you might get some lukewarm raw eggs. 

LiveScience's Nicholas Gerbis breaks it down further: 

Denaturation accounts for why egg whites change from transparent to opaque when you cook them, and the process cannot kick off below around 158 degrees F (70 C).

Let’s stack the deck in favor of the myth. The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius) was actually recorded in Death Valley on July 10, 1913 (declared so in September, 2012). That’s not hot enough to cook an egg, but it’s also not as far off as it sounds. Sidewalks, after all, often blaze hotter than the surrounding air because they store heat and release it in an every-changing energy balance.

Still, Gerbis contends the extra stored heat isn't enough to properly cook your egg, even in that remarkable condition.

So now you know that taking eggs into the Australian Open, while hilarious, is a pretty awful way to prepare the most important meal of the day. 

As long as it takes your mind off the heat, we say it's worth it though. 


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