# What is the magic ball of every day?

Part of the everyday object series

Look at this magic ball of every day!
Knock it too hard and it runs away.
Heat it up to stop its run in its track,
But once it turned firm there's no going back.
It might become a new life, or nourish one old.
Beneath its plate of armor lies a heart of gold.

What is it?

• Not to be picky, but do you mean "its" instead of "it's"? Mar 11, 2019 at 17:32
• @Brandon_J I changed the spelling, hope it's correct now.
– Elmy
Mar 11, 2019 at 17:39
• Looks great now! Mar 11, 2019 at 17:40

I believe it is:

An egg

Knock it too hard and it runs away.

If you break an egg the contents will run out of the shell.

Heat it up to stop it's run in it's track,

When an egg is cooked its inner becomes solid and won't run anymore.

But once it turned firm there's no going back.

The inside of an egg normally

It might become a new life, or nourish one old.

When an egg hatches a new creature comes out. If it hasn't been eaten beforehand.

Beneath it's plate of armor lies a heart of gold.

Underneath the shell an egg contains a yoke.

• lol 13 second difference between our answers. Mar 11, 2019 at 17:37
• Damn that was quick! Congratulations.
– Elmy
Mar 11, 2019 at 17:38
• Uh thanks, but to be fair, I believe @Brandon_J answered a few seconds before me. Mar 11, 2019 at 17:39

An egg.

Look at this magic ball of every day!

Eggs are everyday objects.

Knock it too hard and it runs away.

The egg breaks when hit and the contents "run" out.

Heat it up to stop its run in its track,

Cooking(heating) the egg solidifies the contents of the egg and makes it less runny.

But once it turned firm there's no going back.

You cannot uncook an egg.

It might become a new life, or nourish one old.

If the egg is fertilized, it becomes a chick, which is a new life. If not, it will be cooked to nourish a human that can eat solid foods.

Beneath its plate of armor lies a heart of gold.

The golden-colored yolk lies under the hard shell of the egg.

• Mar 11, 2019 at 17:37
• Darn science. But for the average citizen, ya know, it's impossible. @noedne Mar 11, 2019 at 17:38
• @Elmy I think I was in first, but barely Mar 11, 2019 at 17:39