by Trish

The traditional method of cutting a cake is wrong, says mathematician. Yup, the old standard of cutting wedges from a round birthday cake has its problems, and Francis Galton wanted to set the world straight. See for yourself above. 

Clever has his method may be, it too has problems. It’s summed up best in one of the last lines of the video, “I think for mathematical loners who don’t want to share their cakes, this could be useful.” Because when there’s more than one person eating cake, Galton’s method is not only slow but inequitable. (And for parties with kids under the age of 10, those slices of cake had better be fair.)

In sum, the center slice approach is only an appropriate strategy when the number of partygoers equals 1. And that’s not really something to celebrate, is it.

Via Digg

National Gallery of Canada Has An Art Exhibit That’s A Real, Functioning Bar

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by Trish

Never liked art much? You could always give it another go at Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada, where the installation “…From the Transit Bar” is a bar with drinks, a bartender and all. 

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Tucked away in the Contemporary Art section of the gallery, the exhibit looks pretty much like your local dive bar. Dim lighting, junky chairs, and TVs playing, although not showing sports. 

The installation is by Toronto based artist Vera Frenkel, who says it deals with themes such as “exile, cultural migration, translation, and the indeterminacy of meaning.”

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There is a small menu of vodka, whiskey, chips, and pop.

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And unlike most art exhibits, you can touch things, sit down, and even play the piano.  

So if you want to hang out at a dive bar without the usual dive bar clientele, here you go. 

The bartender is on duty Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to closing. The exhibit will be on display until August 17. 

Kale And Brussel Sprouts Together In New Hybrid Cruciferous Concoction

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by Trish

British vegetable breeding company Tozer Seeds has created a new hybrid vegetable called Kalettes (pictured in the middle), a hybrid mix of kale and Brussels sprouts.

Scientists at Tozer first conceived of the idea way back in 1995, long before each vegetable gained it’s current popularity, in hopes to redress slumping Brussels sprout sales in the UK. The first cross took a year to develop and looked like small kale-like leaves on Brussels stalks. (Side note: if you’ve never seen a regular stalk of Brussels sprouts, it’s a funny looking plant.) The plant was tweaked and adjusted for taste and appearance over the years and finally introduced in Britain under the name “Flower Sprouts”. Since kale is enjoying it’s day in the North American limelight, marketers decided to play up that side of the genetic cross for the vegetable’s release on this side of the pond, slated for this coming fall. 

Read more over at the Modern Farmer

Now if they could work cauliflower into the mix, I would really be impressed. 

Photo via Modern Farmer

No Plans Today? Watch A Brisket Roast For 13 Hours, Compliments Of Arby’s

by Trish

Arby’s new Smokehouse Brisket sandwich is smoked for no fewer than 13 hours. Should you have 13 hours to kill today and if you happen to live in Minnesota, you can watch the magic happen as Arby’s airs the whole process in attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for longest commercial.

If you don’t happen to live in Duluth, Minnesota, you will sadly have to wait until next week to see the brisket be smoked in the online edition. 

I wonder if David Puddy will be tuning in. 

Via Consumerist. Photo via Arby’s

Clever Poster Sorts Out Those Pesky Kitchen Conversions

by Trish

There was a time in my kitchen when all my measuring spoons were lost except the half tablespoon, and I really wish I had this poster hanging in my kitchen those days. It can be pretty tricky to remember how many cups are in a quart or teaspoons in a tablespoon, but this poster breaks it down in an easy to read way. I happen to think it looks pretty slick, too. 

Available from S.B. Lattin Design in poster, tea towel, or cabinet sticker format. 

Via LifeBuzz.