The egg drop contest might be the most "textbook" science experiment of all-time. For decades, aspiring physicists (and other curious fifth-graders) have been letting eggs loose from a high place, with the intention of keeping it intact after impact.
You'd like to think that even with the advent of the internet, perhaps these students are finding the best methods through the old-fashioned way: trial and error. For the dishonest few (or more likely, many), there are now clips on YouTube that do all the testing for you. The guy hosting this clip below promises a first place finish in any egg drop competition by using his tactics.
A few of them were pretty obvious. There's one where he fills a bag with popcorn and places the egg inside — it's ostensibly how your FedEx package arrived undamaged this morning. My favorite concept is his triangular straw apparatus. Unlike most similar concepts, his straw-crafted holder never intersects with the egg itself. This ensures that impact force runs along the egg, but never through it.
Check out the clip below to see all of Mark's methods. Be sure to let us know which one you'd pick if you were still in middle school! When the video's over, share it with your friends on Facebook!