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Death Valley Fried Eggs on Hot Rocks Taken Off Menu (Video)

By Clyde Hughes   |   Friday, 12 Jul 2013 10:18 AM

Please, no more frying eggs on Death Valley's hot rocks, park rangers are asking visitors after a proliferation of amateur scientists created piles of litter during the national park's recent heat wave.

Visitors over the past weeks who becoame litter bugs after they fried eggs on the park's hot rocks were called out on Death Valley National Park's Facebook page.

"An employee's posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents," a park official posted July 2. "However, the Death Valley (National Park) maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.

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"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 Facebook post concluded.

Current temperatures in Death Valley have hovered above 120 degrees, according to NBC News contributor Rob Lovitt. On June 30, temperatures reached a June high of 129 degrees, according to the National Park Service's Facebook site.

Time magazine's Mackenie Yang said it was actually the park service that set off the egg-frying frenzy with the video that has generated more than 161,000 views since being uploaded on June 29. Time said the video showed a Death Valley employee proving that an egg, served sunnyside up, is able to cook in the 127.6-degree heat.

"The video set off a surge of (egg-frying), especially since we were nearing our record temperature," Cheryl Chipman, a park spokeswoman, told NBC News. "I don’t think we’ve seen the garbage strewn about that we did this time, which was a little disappointing."

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Time said while temperatures soars in the mid-120s in June, the weather had cooled – by Death Valley standards – to 118 degrees by Wednesday.

NBC News reported that the park celebrated Wednesday the 100th anniversary of the recording of the hottest temperature in the world set at Death Valley's Furnace Creek in 1913 of 134 degrees.

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