Columbus' egg

Local nameHuevo de Colón
LocationSant Antoni de Portmany, Spain

An egg of Columbus or Columbus's egg refers to a brilliant idea or discovery that seems simple or easy after the fact. The expression refers to an apocryphal story, dating from at least the 16th century, in which it is said that Christopher Columbus, having been told that finding a new trade route was inevitable and no great accomplishment, challenges his critics to make an egg stand on its tip. After his challengers give up, Columbus does it himself by tapping the egg on the table to flatten its tip.

The story is often alluded to when discussing creativity. The term has also been used as the trade name of a tangram puzzle and several mechanical puzzles.

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Address Paseo de Fonts 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain

Coordinates 38°58'47.571" N 1°18'21.707" E

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