Sandwiches are a beloved breakfast dish for their ease of preparation, lightness, and nutritional value. They offer versatility in ingredients and customization, making them a popular choice. However, the manner in which sandwiches are cut can vary based on personal preference. While some individuals prefer a diagonal cut, others favour a straight cut down the centre. If you frequently encounter this predicament, you may identify with this article. An online discussion has arisen regarding the optimal way to cut a sandwich in response to a recent tweet.
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Twitter user @TrungTPhan took to the micro-blogging platform to share a photo of the sandwich. In the photo, we can see two sandwiches – one is cut diagonally and the other one is cut down the middle. “The geometry is too complicated to explain here but cutting a sandwich diagonally gives you more sandwich,” read the text in the photo. While in the image, the sandwich that is cut diagonally certainly looks bigger, there is no evidence to prove this fact. Take a look at the tweet here:
Math pic.twitter.com/cfZfMKkXxL— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) April 2, 2023
Since being shared, the tweet has amassed over 9.8 million views, 42.4K likes and thousands of retweets. This dilemma about the best way to cut a sandwich sparked a debate among Twitteratis. While some people agreed that a diagonally-cut sandwich gives you more portion size, others seemed to disagree with this explanation. A few users also stated that they don’t prefer to cut their sandwiches at all. One person wrote, “Wrong. If you cut the sandwiches on the right diagonally you’ll now get more sandwiches. It’s called a second-order consequential sandwich.”
Another person wrote, “There’s actually a valid reason behind the diagonal cut, but it escapes true mathematicians.”
“No matter how you cut it, you always have less sandwich when you cut it. Some of it always sticks to the knife,” read a third comment.
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Here’s how other people reacted to this tweet:
facts dont care about logic— Rob (@thegallowboob) April 2, 2023
I don’t even cut my sandwich’s. I like the whole thing together.— Campb-owl (@campbel17357328) April 2, 2023
You’re losing at at least 10% of your sandwich that way.— Arnold Emily (@crisprtalk) April 2, 2023
Diagonally is strictly for when preparing for others, eg retail, so they can see the contents. Small squares is best, horizontal halves is acceptable. Vertical halves is a bit weird?— simon clinton (@simonclinton) April 2, 2023
Who cares about other considerations, the diagonal cut is the only correct option for convenience of eating.— Steve Spisak (@OSSTFSteve) April 2, 2023
How do you prefer to cut your sandwich? Do let us know in the comments section below.