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Rotteneggers Return

Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.

 

Puzzle ID:#22236
Fun:*** (2.94)
Difficulty:** (1.54)
Category:Science
Submitted By:od-1Aca****
Corrected By:Winner4600

 

 

 



After Sam Rottenegger's failed attempt in the teaser "Eggsactly what Happened" to egg his least favorite band, he came up with another plan. This time he would use rotten eggs, and get in and out of the concert quickly. He took 6 eggs from his fridge and put them in a box in his closet for the two months before the concert to ensure they would be really rotten. The night of the concert finally arrived, and Sam placed his eggs on the kitchen counter while he looked for a suitable container for transporting them. However, as he was digging through the cupboards, he didn't notice his mother putting the 6 rotten eggs into the fridge with 6 good eggs. When Sam discovered what had happened, he just stared at the carton of eggs in dismay. He had no idea how to tell them apart, as there were no smells or visible signs to indicate which eggs were which. Sam might have stood there all night if his sister hadn't come along and told him if he gave her $5.00 and a glass of water, she'd tell him which were rotten and which were fresh. Sam was skeptical, but paid up. She separated the eggs and Sam, still wondering if she was right, placed the eggs on the passenger seat of his car as he drove off to the concert. Unfortunately for Sam, she had correctly separated the eggs, as he found out the hard way when he came to an abrupt stop, causing the eggs to pull a humpty dumpty on Sam's floor. So how did she separate the eggs if there were no odors or visible signs?





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Comments

moxxieone*
Apr 13, 2005

Good one. I knew rotten eggs are denser therefore they float but no the gas. interesting
katiebeth123*
Apr 14, 2005

who ate all the pies???
Strange1*
Apr 14, 2005

Umm sure
Strange1*
Apr 14, 2005

Too many words sry
MrLarsonCHS*
Apr 14, 2005

Actually the density has little to do with it. It's more about bounacy
swimmer4life292*
Apr 14, 2005

Uhh, yes, sure, Niiiiice
FeaerFactorY666*us*
Apr 15, 2005

Wow... that's too technical for me. I prefer funny.......... but still a good one.. if you know that kind of stuff......
stevier316*
Apr 15, 2005

I got it right away. I cook a lot so it wasn't very fun.
lil_Brat**
Apr 18, 2005

i only new that one because i boil eggs for my mom a lot
youngest1000
Apr 19, 2005

Nice teaser but it could have been betterif it was 2 lines instead of 8
aznboi1324Avn*
Apr 24, 2005

WHat wow im confused

dapperDave**
Apr 28, 2005

I agree with youngest1000
(user deleted)
Apr 30, 2005

I have a question.
If the volume of the egg doesn't change
then some mass has to vanish. But how?
(user deleted)
Apr 30, 2005

Clever! I like that one. I didn't know about the hydrogen sulfide gas... pretty cool.
brianz**
Apr 30, 2005

A little obvious when Sam's sister asked for water.
curtiss82**
May 04, 2005

Cjara, you bring up a very good point. The answer to the teaser is not technically correct. Rotten eggs do float, but its not because the yolk turned into gas; because like you said, if the mass is constant and the volume is constant, than its density should remain constant. The reason the rotten egg floats is that it loses mass due to diffusion. The molecules (hydrogen sulfide for example) that the yolk decomposes into are a lot smaller than the molecules that make up the yolk, and thus they have the ability to pass through microscopic holes in the shell. This is why rotten eggs smell, even though they haven't been broken open.
darthforman*
May 11, 2005

bigSWAFF_69_Aus*
May 16, 2005

ok, first, "youngest1000" there were 16 lines BUT WAY BESIDE THE POINT, this was a good teaser, very easy (if u kno that krap) i kept telling myself the answer when i was reading it, but i thought mabe i was wrong. I was right (CUZ I AM NEVER RONG, NEVER!) After reading the answer, i thought "wow, i just wasted my time". It was a good teaser though, just try to cut it in half next time. The whole "humpty dumpty" spill could have been omitted.
bigSWAFF_69_Aus*
May 16, 2005

ok, first, "youngest1000" there were 16 lines BUT WAY BESIDE THE POINT, this was a good teaser, very easy (if u kno that krap) i kept telling myself the answer when i was reading it, but i thought mabe i was wrong. I was right (CUZ I AM NEVER RONG, NEVER!) After reading the answer, i thought "wow, i just wasted my time". It was a good teaser though, just try to cut it in half next time. The whole "humpty dumpty" spill could have been omitted.
BrownEyesAus*
May 19, 2005

When I first saw all those words I thought OH NO! but after I read it I realised "oh that's obvious"
drussel3*us*
May 20, 2005

Thanks for the lesson, didn't know that.
puppygirl1213Aus*
Jun 29, 2005

Nice fact for the day.
kibber*
Sep 19, 2005

curtisss curtisssss curtisss
trying to sound so smart eh?
the density changes as the material changes states (ie solid to gas) it's the same thing that makes a helium balloon float in normal air....quite simple actually
curtiss82**
Sep 19, 2005

The density can't change if the volume can't increase.
rkaalandAus*
Dec 10, 2005

The great debate rages on- Good Teaser and I like the long ones!!!
tarheel*us*
Jan 15, 2006

NOt a bad teaser, I just read it somewhere before...
VudluxiA*
Jun 01, 2006

Eggs start to float before they become rotten due to evaporation over time of water from within the egg through the shell, which is porous. The air sac that builds up is at the blunt end of the egg, so if it floats with the the point angled down, it may just be stale rather than rotten, and so could still be edible.
Who'd have thought a few rotten eggs could cause such a stink?
SnowloversAus*
Feb 18, 2007

I said that the rotten eggs were warmer than the good ones. If the good ones were already in the fridge (a reasonable assumption based on the wording of the question) then they are already cold.
Even if the good eggs were just purchased or borrowed from a neighbor they would have recently come out of another fridge and would still be colder than the rotten eggs.
4demo*
Dec 07, 2007

Interesting!



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