So, was it hot enough in New York yesterday to fry an egg on the sidewalk?
We'll never know.
In today's NYT, Andy Newman reports that he attempted to test the old cliche by taking to the streets with an egg -- AND A FRYING PAN.
Newman then placed the frying pan on the sidewalk and attempted to heat the pan to sufficient temperatures to fry an egg.
Didn't work. Why not? Well, we're not scientists but we do know our way around a cliche. And an egg.
The cliche clearly states that the egg must be fried on the sidewalk. Not on a pan. That's because the heat you need to fry an egg comes from under the egg, not from above it. At least, that's how it works in our kitchen!
We'll be happy to stand corrected -- and knowing our eagle-eyed naysayers, we will be within moments -- but it seems unlikely to us that any sidewalk south of, say, the planet Venus would be hot enough to raise a frying pan's temperature to the point where an egg has any chance of turning sunnyside up.
Possible stories for Andy Newman to pursue next: will today be as hot as firecrackers? Will the passengers on his number-6 train be packed like sardines? And come the frigid days of winter, we're seriously hoping he'll tell us, firsthand, whether it's colder than a witch's tit.