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scientific research about why a toast always lands on the buttered face when it falls from the table
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I just saw an article about this scientific research, and I was thinking to myself, "Really?" "Is this something so important that it required a team of scientists to research about it?"


Anyway, I'm too lazy to look up the article again and link it here.


I just want to know other people's opinion on this.


P.S. I'm not even a hater of scientific research, but this research is such a joke to me, imo.
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I think to myself "another one", but wouldn't be surprised.
It's the beating of a dead horse of the scientific community.
Mythbusters did it, heck the Simpsons probably did it. (speaking of dead horse jokes)
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The link: http://io9.com/5867322/an-experiment-that-solves-the-worlds-most-important-question-how-to-keep-toast-from-landing-buttered+side-down
I want a nobel prize
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jtjumper wrote:

The link: http://io9.com/5867322/an-experiment-that-solves-the-worlds-most-important-question-how-to-keep-toast-from-landing-buttered+side-down
I want a nobel prize


no you don't because you didn't hyperlink it

http://io9.com/5867322/an-experiment-that-solves-the-worlds-most-important-question-how-to-keep-toast-from-landing-buttered+side-down
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http://www.improbable.com/ig/

It's not like all scientific research has to be revolutionary--or even novel.

I love how some people use the word "science" like it's magic or something only the extremely gifted can appreciate. Too often it's used to sell products and the like (it's scientifically proven!!). Like everyone gets their idea of a scientist from bad si-fi films where the anti-social "genius" creates some far-fetched device or convenient means to save the world--all thanks to their "life's work".

Real science isn't so dramatic and more importantly not all science is that work intensive. It's not like a team of the world's leading scientists locked themselves in a lab somewhere for a few months to finally crack the code behind this oh-so-important mystery.

"The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology."

It's just for thought-provoking fun, like a chemistry demo for kids where they dip a racket ball in liquid nitrogen and shatter it or make a pumpkin appear to vomit using hydrogen peroxide.

Just let them have their fun before they get back to their dooms-day devices.

Edit: further reading states that they used kids to conduct the research
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I'm a researcher, and I think what I do is pretty interesting and important. But the stuff my cohorts work on is usually boring as shit. Useful, or something like it, probably - but boring as shit. My point is that everyone has a different idea of what is useful and interesting, and that's probably a good thing.

Personally, I think the man who got the data on 10,000 porn stars got some very interesting, useless results.
http://jonmillward.com/blog/studies/deep-inside-a-study-of-10000-porn-stars/
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This is the first thing I thought... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8yW5cyXXRc
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mhibicke wrote:

I'm a researcher, and I think what I do is pretty interesting and important. But the stuff my cohorts work on is usually boring as shit. Useful, or something like it, probably - but boring as shit. My point is that everyone has a different idea of what is useful and interesting, and that's probably a good thing.

Personally, I think the man who got the data on 10,000 porn stars got some very interesting, useless results.
http://jonmillward.com/blog/studies/deep-inside-a-study-of-10000-porn-stars/


This.

Science is anything using the scientific method, which is a pretty versatile little system. If you go about it the right way, then trying to find out something as inane as the toast thing is perfectly scientific. All you need is a question and a means of testing appropriately to try and find an answer.

Science doesn't need to be ambitious or useful. The goal is knowledge. Too many people treat science as a means to an end nowadays; they're too focused on how the results can be used. Pragmatism isn't necessarily a bad thing, but when you zero in on it to the point where nobody's interested enough to put in the effort, then why bother? I'd go for an exciting or fun idea over a useful one any day.
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Most of the time I ponder trying something in an experiment fashion it is only to sate my rampant curiosity...
If I had means and resources, I believe it would be fun to test all kinds of things. Bullet proof "Life Plate", I would like to see exactly how bullet proof it is, after all these people are selling these plates for $150 dollars a pop. For that amount of money and 8"x11" plate had better stop anything less than essentially AP rounds or the heavies that are available in civilian markets. If it fails to successfully stop three 9mm bullets, it isn't worth the investment. Oh, and I would get to shoot some stuff, that's always a plus
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Posted 9/5/13
Well, I for one adore this research, meanies.
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18 / M / Tórshavn
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Interesting.........
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This is pure genius. I want to try it, but am worried about opening a wormhole in my living room.
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its not rocket science guys. why does it land on the butter side. simple think of dice that are altered to weighted to land on 6 they weight down behind 1 so the weight pulls it to land with 1 facing down and six showing

the butter adds weight to once side of the bread and however big or small it is it alters the breads balance so it lands on the heavier side
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Posted 9/5/13
Because the side with butter on it is heavier? lol
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