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Stop Frying Eggs, Death Valley Officials Say

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People walk on the salt flat at Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the nation at 282 feet below sea level, during a hot time of day as a heat wave spreads across the American West on June 30, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, California.  (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

People walk on the salt flat at Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the nation at 282 feet below sea level, during a hot time of day as a heat wave spreads across the American West on June 30, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, California. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — It gets so hot in Death Valley that you can fry an egg with sun power.

That’s what one Death Valley National Park employee did last week, when she took a frying pan to the pavement and posted the video online.

Park visitors were quick to imitate her, but they didn’t use skillets and left gooey messes. The park then issued a plea on its Facebook page to crack down on the egg-frying fiasco.

Death Valley highs have been hovering around 120 degrees, and on Wednesday the park marked the 100th anniversary of the world’s hottest day on record — 134 degrees — set there in 1913.

Park rangers say the egg frying has since stopped due to rain and clouds that have rolled across Death Valley.

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