Monday, February 03, 2014

Science: How to eat a messy burger

Yum, yum! But what a mess!
You've just made yourself a big, juicy burger and loaded it with cheese, mushrooms, onions and just about everything else you can think of. You cradle the burger lovingly in your hands and go in for the big bite when upon taking that bite the burger slides out the other side of the bun. I hate that!!! Cutting the burger in half is une grande faux pas so what do you do? 

Well, those wily folks over the Pacific in Japan have done a study and have discovered the perfect way to hold the burger so that the sandwich stays inside the bun. Voila! 

We've all been there: You're holding a big ol' hamburger with both hands, you bring it to your mouth to take a bite, and the whole burger falls out all over the place. But guess what, there's an "ideal" way to hold a burger. This is it

The researchers did a 3D scan of a hamburger, trying to figure out how the particles interacted while holding a large hamburger. Using the data, they showed that the typical way to hold a burger—thumbs on the bottom and fingers on top—results in pushing the contents of the burger out of the buns
So, the researchers ran numerous different ways of burger holding and found one, they say, avoids spillage:
As you can see, the thumbs and the pinkies are on the bottom. The middle three fingers on each hand are on the top. As you can see the burger is divided visually into equal parts.
If the burger is held uniformly, then its contents shouldn't spill out of the burger's backside.
Note that it's important not to hold the burger too tight. Doing so could cause the buns to be crushed, and the contents to spill out. Also, the dental expert recommended warming up the muscles in your mouth before eating a big hamburger by opening and closing it a few times.
Here, we can see comedian Ryuichi Kosugi giving the "ideal" way of holding a burger a try.
He didn't spill a drop, did he? One drawback: If you use the "ideal" way to hold a burger, you probably should eat your fries before or after you finish it. Otherwise, it might be difficult to hold the burger like this and eat fries at the same time.

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