Unlike an elongated ellipsoid, an elongated superegg can stand upright on a flat surface, or on top of another superegg. This is due to its curvature being zero at the tips. The shape was popularized by Danish poet and scientist Piet Hein (1905–1996). Supereggs of various materials, including brass, were sold as novelties or "executive toys" in the 1960s.
The superegg is a superellipsoid whose horizontal cross-sections are circles. It is defined by the inequality
where R is the horizontal radius at the "equator" (the widest part), and h is one half of the height. The exponent p determines the degree of flattening at the tips and equator. Hein's choice was p = 2.5 (the same one he used for the Sergels Torg roundabout), and R/h = 3/4.