We, the human race, have come a long way. We have gone to the moon and hit a golf ball off it. We have developed this thing called the Internet that answers all of our important questions (for example, What is planking?). We have recycled our vegetable oil to produce biodiesel so our vehicles can take us to get more fried chicken and thereby completing the circle. We have robots that can clean our floors while we take a nap (Love you, Roomba!).
However, people still have a hard time figuring out how to get the perfect hard boiled egg. On my quest to win the Noble Peace Prize I will share with the world how to conquer this task. Actually, I'm just repeating what Jacques Pépin taught me on PBS.
Noble Peace Prize committee, disregard that last sentence.
Place eggs in a pot so they are in one layer (this also works with one egg). Do not stack the eggs on top of each other. Add enough cold water to cover the eggs. Place the uncovered pot over a medium-high heat and bring the water to a boil. This boil should be just below "rave party bubbles" but above "sissy bubbles". As soon as the water boils take the pot off of the stove, cover it with a lid and let the eggs sit for exactly 12 minutes. After time is up run cold water over the eggs until they are cool to touch. Perfect hard boiled eggs every time.