How do you drop a raw egg on a concrete floor without breaking it?

Assume the egg is a standard chicken egg, dropped from the height of 2m.

  • $\begingroup$ This is a well-known riddle, @danielmathias's answer is correct. $\endgroup$
    – Duck
    Sep 29, 2019 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ Given this answer I recommend that the tag is changed to wordplay or else this isn't a puzzle $\endgroup$
    – Adam
    Sep 29, 2019 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ we used to have engineering challenges every year on how to drop a raw egg a couple of stories onto a hard surface without breaking the egg... turns out there are a lot of ways to do it $\endgroup$
    – SteveV
    Sep 29, 2019 at 16:18
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    $\begingroup$ XKCD 169 seems to be relevant here. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Sep 29, 2019 at 19:53
  • $\begingroup$ I swear this is a duplicate... Am I hallucinating? $\endgroup$ Sep 30, 2019 at 4:44

3 Answers 3


Quite simply:

Just drop the egg. The concrete floor is not likely to break.


one way is

drop it from a very low height (1 mm or so)

  • $\begingroup$ Added some more precision to the question. $\endgroup$
    – rinspy
    Sep 29, 2019 at 16:06

Another possible answer:

Drop it on a planet with a very low gravity. The speed it will get from a 2m drop will not be sufficient to break it.


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