Death Valley: The eggs are out of control

Shells, everywhere! Death Valley representatives tap social media to urge curious egg cookers to clean up after themselves.

With temperatures soaring above 127 degrees Fahrenheit, a Death Valley National Park employee literally cooks an egg on video. Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

In Death Valley, Calif. -- a desolate place that hit 134 degrees Fahrenheit a century ago -- it's usually so hot you can fry an egg. In a YouTube video posted earlier this month, one Death Valley National Park employee, equipped with a skillet, did just that.

However, the impressive act (with nearly 800,000 views on YouTube) inspired a rash of impromptu copycat chefs, and park employees have been cleaning up the mess ever since.

With the issue sizzling out of control, the official Death Valley National Park Facebook page posted a notice that advises visitors to clean up their egg-related trash.

"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," the notice says. "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."

Of course, there's not a total ban on cooking eggs at one of hottest places in the world, but Death Valley caretakers advise egg-cited visitors to use tin foil or a pan to do the cooking, and that any remnants are properly disposed of. Now, with that aside, I'll take mine sunny-side up.

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