Sunday, July 6, 2008

An Equation for Bacon Sandwiches

Well, well, what do we have here:

This is none other than what Britons refer to as a bacon butty! To me it's just a bacon sandwich, but it is apparently so important, that the Britons have come up with an equation just to determine how much force is required to produce how much crunch for every bite of the sandwich! Believe it or not, the research fellows at Leeds University spent more than 1000 hours testing (with their mouths and guts I presume!) dozens of such sandwiches!

And their brainchild? Haha, it amounts to no more than a mere equation:

To quote, "0.4 newtons should be applied to crunch the sandwich, creating 0.5 decibels of noise. The formula uses these values: N = force in newtons; fb is the function of the bacon type; fc is the function of the condiment or filling effect; Ts is the serving temperature; tc is cooking time; ta is the time taken to insert the condiment or filling; cm is the cooking method and C represents the breaking strain in newtons of uncooked bacon."

Well, don't take my word for it! View the original article here at The New York Times:

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