Secret agent's egg

Secret agent's egg Experiment GIF

Lab Safety

Always wear eye protection during science experiments. Never handle sharp objects, open flames, chemicals, or other dangerous objects without adult permission and supervision.

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During the American Revolutionary War, America's first secret agents risked their lives to help win their independence. Early American spies used all sorts of techniques to hide and transfer important, top secret information. You might've already known about invisible ink, but did you know that they even used hard-boiled eggs?

In this demonstration, we're going to see how, with a simple ingredient sometimes used used to make pickles, we can use a chemical reaction to conceal information below the shells of hard-boiled eggs. Hope you brought your appetite for breakfast!

Procedure

  1. Step 1

    In the bowl, dissolve the alum into the vinegar.

  2. Step 2

    Dip the cotton swab into the alum-vinegar solution and write a secret message on the eggshell.

  3. Step 3

    Wash the egg with water so that there's no evidence of the secret message inside.

  4. Step 4

    Carefully peel back the shell to reveal the hidden message written into the egg itself.

Lab Safety

Always wear eye protection during science experiments. Never handle sharp objects, open flames, chemicals, or other dangerous objects without adult permission and supervision.


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