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Researchers from University College London have finally tackled the physics of perfect pancakes and have published their results in Mathematics TODAY.

The study compared 14 different pancakes from around the globe, analyzing their aspect ratio (the diameter of a pancake to the third power and the volume of the batter), and “baker’s percentage” (the ratio of liquid to flour – a lower aspect ratio will result in a thicker pancake, while a higher baker’s percentage results in thinner batter).

Researchers found that aspect ratio varied dramatically based on the recipe. Thick Dutch poffertjes were found to have an aspect ratio of 3 while thin crêpes had an aspect ratio of 300. Baker’s percentage provided noticeable differences in browning but remained relatively steady throughout, with all pancakes ranging between 100 and 225. This is all due to how the water escapes while cooking.

As, uh, interesting as all of this is, the study actually has a far deeper and more important purpose: treating glaucoma. Since glaucoma is the result of liquid building up and becoming trapped in an eye, discovering how liquid can escape through or around a thin surface could hold tremendous value in treating the disease.

Check out the video below for a demonstration.

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If you’ve been around long enough to remember when the flying toaster screensaver was invading your massive, clunky computer monitor, you will likely appreciate this 3D version created by the DIY experts over at Make.

The project saw a classic toaster fitted with craft store feather wings that are operated via cables by servo. The final product will continue to brown your bagel, but won’t be flying around your kitchen.

See how the project came together in the video below.

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If you want your food to look like it’s on its way to a Grateful Dead concert, The Bagel Store in Brooklyn has a unique item on their menu that could fit the bill: rainbow colored bagels stuffed with cotton candy and rainbow-sprinkle-cake-flavored cream cheese.

The establishment recently shared a video showing how the bagels are made, and it will no doubt remind you of the last time you handled Play-Doh. Check it out below.

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Andrei Muntian of MTM Wood employed a carefully arranged series of maple and walnut strips to fashion a hypnotic optical illusion cutting board.

The functional work of art was created by mapping out the pattern as a model in SketchUp before beginning the process of cutting, planing and assembling the wooden components.

See how it comes together in the video below.

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YouTuber “The Food Surgeon”, who is described as “a culinary practitioner not qualified to perform surgery of any kind”, recently grabbed a scalpel and some surgical gloves in order to perform a “Reese’s peanut-butter-ectomy with Oreo cream transplant.”

Madness! Clearly we need to grab some torches and form a mob.

In a nutshell, the procedure involves hollowing out a Reese’s cup and replacing the peanut butter with carefully removed Oreo cream filling. As you’ll see, it’s a bizarre, yet strangely captivating waste of time that will probably be a hit with those who enjoy triggering autonomous sensory meridian response.

Check out the video below.

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Heinz has a new Super Bowl ad that knows exactly what you want to see.

A whole lot of wiener dogs dressed as hot dogs in a mad dash for Heinz condiments.

Enjoy.

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YouTuber Joerg Sprave is well known for creating crazy projectile-launching gizmos and gadgets. Recently, he showed the world his latest creation, the “Coke Bottle Gatling.” The device uses pressurized air (sealed in Coke bottles) to launch arrows.

However the original Gatling was a bit slow for Sprave’s tastes, so he updated it with full-auto. Check out the videos below and…yeah—don’t try this at home times a million.

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The team at ChefSteps believes that chef Thomas Keller created the most visually appealing example of ratatouille ever when he concocted a recipe for the Pixar movie of the same name (seen above).

They recently paid homage to the “confit byaldi” style of the dish by producing a video recipe that utilizes the same flavors, ingredients and assembly as the movie version. Check it out below.

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I have no doubt that many of you can make this Captain America cake complete with a flag in the middle without it being a disaster. Me, not so much.

See how it’s done after the break.

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If you’re a fan of the Yakuza video game series, then this demo footage from the upcoming Yakuza 6 should get you pretty excited. I mean, who hasn’t dreamed of smashing up a convenience store?

In the following clip, Kazuma Kiryu takes on some baddies in a convenience store, and it looks like just about everything in the store can be smashed to bits. Very satisfying.

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