Top 10 mind-boggling paradoxes


Fletcher’s paradox

A statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for something that goes against what we intuitively expect is called a paradox. Paradoxes have been a central part of philosophical thinking for centuries, and are always ready to challenge our interpretation of otherwise simple situations, turning what we might think to be true on its head and presenting us with provably plausible situations that are in fact just as provably impossible. Confused? You should be.

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Reverse Engineering McDonald’s French Fries


Scrutinizing McDonald’s French Fries

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of The Food Lab (over at Serious Eats) likes a challenge, so he decided to reverse engineer what is considered to be world’s most perfect fries: McDonald’s french fries.

Now, you may disagree that the words “McDonald’s” and “good” belong in the same sentence, let alone “perfect” – but there’s something in their french fries that makes Americans go nuts. I personally don’t get it – perhaps because I didn’t grow up eating McDonald’s fries, but my wife swears by ’em. And she’s not alone: over 2 million pounds of McDonald’s fries are consumed every single day. That makes Mickey D the largest potato buyer in the United States.

Back to Kenji’s quest. So how hard is it to reverse engineer McDonald’s french fries? Turns out, it was very, very hard, so Kenji decided to do the next logical thing: he’s going to steal McDonald’s recipe…

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