Debunking a Nasty Rumor About Spring

The latest news from the BPP blog, including the authoritative word that if you stand a raw egg on its end today and today only — nothing special happens.

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ALISON STEWART, host:

Let's take a quick check of our blog. Our editor, Laura Conaway, doubling as newscaster today.

LAURA CONAWAY: Good morning. how are you?

STEWART: I'm doing OK. I don't want to take up to too much of your time, because I know you're busy. What do you got in the blog?

CONAWAY: We have a couple of things. One is today is the first day of spring, right?

STEWART: Yes.

CONAWAY: And there's this sort of an old wives' tale, it turns out, that you can turn an egg - you can stand an egg on end at the exact moment of the equinox. Summer Ash, our in-house astrophysicist, says that's not true, and you can read all about it.

STEWART: It's not true?

CONAWAY: Apparently, you can stand an egg on end any time you want to.

STEWART: Oh!

CONAWAY: It's really just a question of gravity. Check it out. We're getting smarter all the time.

STEWART: All right, anything else I should know about?

CONAWAY: Yeah, Angela Ellis is starting a series for us on Famous Firsts. Basically people who are the first to do something, it could be a big thing, could be an obscure thing, and she's opened a thread for it because there are so many possible famous firsts, and she's interested in what BPP listeners are looking at and what they're finding, for you know, the first person to balance an egg on end on the equinox, for example.

STEWART: Well, there you go.

CONAWAY: Also there's an amazing thread about video producer Win's dog Cosby(ph).

STEWART: Cosby!

CONAWAY: He swallowed a Brillo pad. And all is well..

STEWART: The dog, not Win.

CONAWAY: Yeah, the dog swallowed a Brillo pad and all is well. Nature worked its course. But you guys had a lot of amazing things that your animals have swallowed, like two meters of blue ribbon, part of a couch. Check it out, it's really - if you have a dog or a cat, you'll get it.

STEWART: Bill's dog, Billy the Bowser, when he was a kid - ladies' underpants.

CONAWAY: It's a big one for him.

STEWART: He apparently worked it out.

CONAWAY: That's what they do.

STEWART: I'm not going into the details at this hour.

CONAWAY: Just like mama said.

STEWART: Laura Conaway, our web editor. Thanks, Laura.

CONAWAY: Thank you.

STEWART: That does it for another hour of the Bryant Park Project. We are always online at npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Alison Stewart. Thank you so much for being with us. This is the BPP from NPR News.

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