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Death Valley Eggs Cooked On Sidewalk Trash Hot Problem In Park

Death Valley eggs are frying on the sidewalk in the near record-breaking heat wave currently taking place at Death Valley National Park, and the park officials may be starting to get a little frustrated about it.

As you can see from the picture posted up top, the Death Valley NP is only a short distance away from the world record temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit recorded at about the same spot in 1913.

So it’s plenty hot. And that means the Death Valley NP staff gets to hear the same jokes all day long about how it’s hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk.

But they do appreciate that tourists want to take their funny photographs. That’s why they have that big thermometer right outside the remodeled visitor’s center in the first place — so that people can get a good photo without interfering with the actual official National Weather Service equipment.

But there’s a problem.

Everybody wants to fry eggs on the sidewalk, but apparently nobody wants to pick up their trash.

As a result, Death Valley NP had to post this photo and announcement on their Facebook page, to prod those folks who can’t catch a clue about picking up their own litter:

“[T]he Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.

This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks…”

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Trash photographed by the National Park Service

But you’re at Death Valley National Park, and you want to fry eggs on the sidewalk, dammit. OK, here’s what you do. Bring a piece of foil. Put the foil on the sidewalk. Let the sun heat it up. Crack the egg on the foil. Voilá.

When you’re done with your little culinary experiment, pick it up foil, eggs, and all — and throw it away.

See? Easy problem. No more Death Valley eggs trash.

[photos courtesy Death Valley National Park via Facebook]

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