Can an Excavator Pick Up an Egg Without Breaking It?

A new YouTube challenge is putting excavator operators to the test.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Excavators, like these 11 world's biggest mining machines, are massive pieces of equipment used in construction and demolition projects. They are normally used to dig deep holes in hard soil.

That's why we were pleasantly surprised that their operators had been challenged to do a neat, out-of-the-ordinary activity. In a new YouTube challenge, excavator drivers find themselves trying to grab an egg off a water bottle and place it on another water bottle without breaking it. The activity is playfully named the eggxcavator challenge.

You may be wondering if such a feat is even possible.

In this video, Andrew Camarata gives the experiment a try. The egg always seems to somehow fall, causing much frustration to the machine's operator. Matters are made worse by the fact that he does not have a very good view from his machine.

Does he manage to finally pick it up and place it on the water bottle without cracking it? How many tries doe it take him and what approach does he use? Does he give up before succeeding? What conclusion does he draw from this experiment? We won't answer these questions here. You have to watch the video instead. It's an entertaining ten minutes.

 

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