Columbus Egg

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  • 1. Columbus’ Egg
  • 2. One day Columbus was at a dinner which a Spanish gentleman had given in his honor, and several of these persons were present.
  • 3. They were proud, conceited fellows, and they very soon began to try to make Columbus uncomfortable.
  • 4. "You have discovered strange lands beyond the sea," they said.
  • 5. "But what of that? We do not see why there should be so much said about it. Anybody can sail across the ocean;
  • 6. … and anybody can coast along the islands on the other side, just as you have done.
  • 7. It is the simplest thing in the world."
  • 8. Columbus made no answer; but after a while he took an egg from a dish and said to the company,
  • 9. "Who among you, gentlemen, can make this egg stand on end?"
  • 10. One by one those at the table tried the experiment.
  • 11. When the egg had gone entirely around and none had succeeded, all said that it could not be done.
  • 12. Then Columbus took the egg and struck its small end gently upon the table so as to break the shell a little.
  • 13. After that there was no trouble in making it stand upright.
  • 14. "Gentlemen," said he, "what is easier than to do this which you said was impossible?
  • 15. It is the simplest thing in the world. Anybody can do it— after he has been shown how ."
  • 16. "it's easy once you know about it. It's a little harder to trust in something that hasn't been discovered yet."
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