Is This True, Not, Or Just A Crock:E?
The term, Egg of Columbus, perhaps began with Italian historian Girolamo Benzoni. In his document of the New World he wrote: Columbus was dining with many Spanish nobles when one of them said to him: ‘If your lordship had not discovered the Indies, there would have been, here in Spain, one who would have started a similar adventure with the same result.’
Columbus did not respond to these words but asked for a whole egg to be brought to him. He placed it on the table and said: ‘My lords, I will lay a wager with any of you that you are unable to make this egg stand on its end like I will do without any kind of help or aid.’ They all tried without success and when the egg returned to Columbus, he tapped it gently on the table breaking it slightly and, with this, the egg stood on its end.
All those present were confounded and understood what he meant: that once the feat has been done, anyone knows how to do it.