How many times have you made yourself a piece of toast, only to have it slip off the plate and land butter-side-down on the floor amidst the dirt and dust and dead particulate skin matter? We’ve all been there, except for the toast-abhorrent.
Beware, toast haters and enemies of yeast, your time is at an end. But for the rest of us, here’s a fun science fact for the day –
It is not a coincidence that your toast lands face down when it drops.
In 1995, a U.K. researcher named Robert Matthews conducted a ground breaking study which revealed that, based on the average height of a kitchen counter or table, there is a greater than 50% chance that your toast will land upside-down when it escapes your clumsy buttered-fingers.
Interestingly, it’s not because of the weight of the spread on the top side, as one might expect. When the toast tips over the edge of the plate or surface, it logically begins to turn over. But because the distance is quite short, it inevitably doesn’t have the time or space to complete a full rotation, and thusly stands a substantial chance of flopping squarely on its face.
So, there you have it.
Tell your friends it’s not that they’re unlucky, it’s just that their meaty digits are too inarticulate to hold on to a square of baked wheat. The rest is causal physics.
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(Image credit to CouYons)