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The Möbius Bagel

THIS is how a mathematician slices his bagel! Jill told us about George Hart’s Möbius Strip bagel three years ago, but surely some of you haven’t seen it yet. As you can see above, George Hart (yes, father of YouTube math star [...]

WTF Is A Bagelhead?

Watch out for these freaks, because they’ve got a forehead shaped like a bagel and an oy vey attitude to match! Bagelheads have their foreheads injected with a silicone solution that they mold into a bagel-like shape, and it’s a trend that’s still blowing up in Japan over a year later. Adrienne first brought you the story [...]

The Comprehensive Guide to Regional Sandwiches of the United States

Serious Eats compiled a mouth-watering list of 48 sandwiches that can be found in different regions of the United States. I’m especially intrigued by this New York City concoction called a “bagel and lox.” Its essential ingredients are a bagel, cream cheese and smoked salmon. Yum! Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo: adactio

Bagel + Fancy Knife Skills = BAGEL-CHAIN

George Hart shows us how to cut a bagel such that it ends up as two linked bagel-rings. His knife follows the surface of a two-twist Möbius strip, making use of the initial bagel’s ring shape to tease the second ring out of it. Hart then proceeds to show us how to toast [...]

“What, Not How”: The Case of Specifications of the New York Bagel

by Daniel M. Berry Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada In software engineering, we are told that a software requirements specification should specify what the desired software should do, not how the software should do it. This is often summarized as “What, not how.” This paper explores the validity of the advice to [...]

Bagelheads Invade Japan

Extreme body modification has taken an interesting turn in Japan. These lovely people above have had saline pumped into their foreheads for about two hours, a process that creates a rather, um, well… it makes a lump. And if you press your thumb into your forehead while the saline is pumping in, it makes a [...]

Drinkable Bagel

What do you get when you combine food, research laboratory, and a former CTO of Microsoft who just happens to hold Ph.D.s in mathematical economics and theoretical physics? Drinkable bagel, that’s what! Here is Nathan Myhrvold’s Bagel In a Glass: Broth made from an everything bagel, with tidbits of dill, lox, chives and all the rest [...]

Mobius Strip Bagel

George W. Hart has brought us a milestone in breakfast-related math feats, the mobius strip bagel. Directions for making your own are on the link. The author says these are superior to regular bagels for non-math-related reasons as well. It is much more fun to put cream cheese on these bagels than on an ordinary bagel. [...]

Diebtribes: Finagle a Bagel!

• First thing’s first: What is a bagel? “A bagel is a round bread, with a hole in the middle, made of simple ingredients: high-gluten flour, salt, water, yeast and malt. Its dough is boiled, then baked, and the result should be a rich caramel color; it should not be pale and blond. A bagel should [...]