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A Large Pizza Feeds You More Than TWO Mediums, According To Math

There has always been a firm belief in my heart that more is better, at least when it comes to pizza. While I didn’t think my core pizza beliefs would be turned upside down going into work today, I’m pleased to discover that math has finally played a role in my adult life outside of calculating tip. So how does math factor into pizza?

A recent tweet has been circling social media that’s been blowing the minds of pizza lovers across the Internet, BroBible reports.

Fermat’s Library, a platform for illuminating academic papers, posted the pizza meme a week ago and it has since garnered more than 32,000 retweets and 74,000 likes since.

Here’s why it’s so mind blowing.

By means of a mathematical equation, the image proves that a single 18-inch pizza actually yields more pie than two 12-inch pizzas by calculating the area of both pies.

Like many on Twitter have pointed out, they (myself included) have been ignorantly spending more money on medium pizzas than they should have.

I eagerly shared this game-changing discovery with my colleague, Constantine.

“It’s just simple geometry, man.” said Foodbeast’s resident food scientist. “I could’ve told you that in middle school.”


So the next time you’re trying to feed a hungry group, or simply trying to save some money with your pizza order, know that ordering a single large is definitely cheaper than ordering two mediums, but will ultimately yield you more food.


Slice Into This Year’s Mouthwatering Pi Day Deals

Pi Day is nearly upon us and those familiar with the mathematical formula know that it falls on March 14 (3/14 = 3.14). While I wasn’t too big on math in school, I can say with a slice of cheesy delight that I live for Pi Day.

There’s no other time of the year where you can get mad deals on both pizzas and pies, enjoying both dinner and dessert in one fell swoop of deliciousness.

In celebration of Pi Day, restaurants have begun offering deals and specials for patrons to sink their teeth into during the day named after the first three digits of the infinite number.

Check out some of the specials you need to keep an eye out for!

Blaze Pizza

Deal: Blaze Pizza is offering a pizza for $3.14 for in-restaurant orders.

Where: All Blaze Pizza locations in the US except: Disney Springs, Houston Airport, UCLA, Staples Center, and George Mason University.


Deal: &pizza will host free weddings for local couples at no cost to them. The package includes flowers, photography, food and beverages, and a ceremony itself. The store will also be open for customers to join in on the Pi Day wedding festivities.

Where: DC, New York City, Baltimore, and Philly.

Boston Market

Deal: Boston Market is offering a BOGO deal for Pi Day. Buy one Pot Pie and a drink and you’ll get one Pot Pie for free. You can find the coupon for it here.

Where: All participating Boston Market locations.


Deal: After you sign up for Pie life, Pieology’s eClub, you’ll receive a coupon for a $3.14 pizza.

Location: All participating US locations of Pieology, you can double check which ones specifically on this list of restaurants.

Hungry Howie’s

Deal: If you buy a regularly-priced Hungry Bread on March 13 or March 14, you’ll be able to get a medium one-topping pizza for $3.14.

Where: All all participating Hungry Howie’s locations except for Florida stores.

Whole Foods

Deal: Patrons of Whole Foods can get $3.14 off both large bakery pies and large take-and-bake pizza from the store. The varieties of pies and pizzas may vary depending on the store, but flavors include: pumpkin pie, apple pie, gluten-free apple pie, cherry pie, pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, and vegan pizza.

Where: All participating Whole Foods locations.

Winston Pies

Photo: Winston Pies

Deal: Winston Pies is offering a flakey, buttery hand pie for $3.14. Flavors include Harvest Apple, Blue Ridge Bluberry, Dixie Classic Cherry, and Chocolate Cowgirl. Winson Pies will also hide a Golden Ticket in the packaging for one pie that day and the finder of that ticket gets a free mini pie.

Where: The Los Angeles location of Winston Pies.

Villa Italian Kitchen

Deal: You can bite into an entire Cheese Neapolitan Pie for $3.14 at Villa Italian Kitchen on Pi Day.

Where: Any participating Villa Italian Kitchen locations.


‘Counting Donuts’ Is The Latest Food Math Meme That’s Taking Over Reddit

There seems to be an insatiable appetite for math memes lately, with several involving symbols of fast food items that require the ability to execute basic algebra. I’m sure we all felt like geniuses after solving the McDonald’s food math meme a few months ago, and they just keep going.

Now, ‘Counting Donuts’ is the newest food math meme causing a stir — partly because it didn’t make any sense.

The meme, which garnered more than 12,000 upvotes in just one day, was posted by Reddit user Sunbolts to the r/Tumblr subreddit. The post depicts an image of a Tumblr thread, featuring an image of a young woman’s face next to a stack of donuts. Underneath the image is a short cryptic conversation about the purchase of “doughnuts.”

Initially, Tumblr user dingoinnuendo commented:

“I bought 46 doughnuts at the store today”

User antareklause (incorrectly) responded:

“If each pack has 12 doughnuts, wouldn’t it be 48 doughnuts??”

Then things got weird when dingoinnuendo clapped back:

“I have 3 packs of 12 and 1 pack of 10 because they were all out of 12’s i know how to count my doughnuts son.”

While the sum of 46 is correct. For some reason, this thread is gaining some serious traction, but it’s a bit hazy why a pointless meme about counting donuts is climbing the viral ranks.

Comment from discussion Counting donuts.

It’s now peppered with more than dozens of comments, debating whether or not the arithmetic behind this donut equation is actually true.

Comment from discussion Counting donuts.

Comment from discussion Counting donuts.

However, some people thought there might be more to the story. Were two donuts consumed prior to counting? The world may never know.

Comment from discussion Counting donuts.

Eventually, people stopped caring about the cryptic mathematics and started discussing their favorite type of donuts and other random donut preferences.

Comment from discussion Counting donuts.

Regardless of the mystery behind the equation, at least this post gave donut lovers everywhere the ability to express their love for the world’s best pastry.

Comment from discussion Counting donuts.

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Can You Solve The McDonald’s Math Problem Everyone Is Losing Their Minds Over?

We’ve tried to separate fast food and math as much as we could in our professional career. However, a recent Instagram post from BroBible has piqued our burger-lovin curiousity.

BroBible posted a photo this morning that’s received hundreds of comments.

The graphic features a pretty standard algebra problem that replaces variables with McDonald’s items like burgers, fries, and a drink.

Here’s the problem:


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BroBible’s Instagram followers immediately set to work, solving the problem with the speed and efficiency of an actual McDonald’s drive-thru.

Take a second, can you figure it out?

We sat down with Foodbeast’s resident mathematician and food scientist, Constantine Spyrou who solved it seconds.

It’s 15.

Man, we’ve forgotten so much basic math since college. We’re gonna take a minute and appreciate how little math we actually need in this profession.


This Professor Uses Food To Help Students Better Understand Math


Eugenia Cheng, a senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield in the UK, has a passion for math. However, Cheng knows that the subject can be overwhelming for some students and has found a way to teach the concepts to a wider audience.

She uses food.

It started when she was explaining a theory to students when she realized she could illustrate it best with blueberry jelly and yogurt. Cheng then switched gears and pretended she was on a cooking show as she explained the aspect of algebraic number theory, Wired reports.

Since, Cheng uses food as a powerful teaching tool that seems to work just fine with her students. Cheng has also written an entire cook/textbook based on her methods: How to Bake π: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics.

Check out one of her many food-based lectures below.


Cutting a Bagel Like a Mathmagician


Math can be frightening sometimes, but in this case, it looks delicious.

George W. Hart, Research Professor at Stony Brook University, created an incredibly nerdy way to cut your bagel. In his “Mathematically Correct Breakfast,” Hart shows how to slice a bagel into two linked halves, just in case you’ve become bored with cutting it like a normal person.

As a guy who had to retake algebra hundreds of times, this was a pain to write, but it must be shared with the world.


You obviously don’t have to draw on your bagel, unless you like eating ink, but this illustration shows the four major points in this process. The center of the bagel is the origin, circling the “Z axis,” “A” is the highest point above the “+X” axis and “B” is where the “+Y” axis enters the bagel. “C” is the lowest point below the “-X axis,” and “D” is where the “-Y axis” exits the bagel.

Yeah, that hurt my head, too, but bare with me.



The red and black lines are where the cuts will be made as they go through the points. The black line goes 360 degrees around the “Z axis” and the red line rotates 180 degrees around the “Z axis.”



The end result should look like this. The cream cheese optional, but highly recommended, because it’s bomb.


Check out the video though. It’ll probably make more sense if you watch the magician do it with moving pictures. Feel free to argue math stuff in the comments.

H/T George Hart


The Simpler, Better Way to Cut a Cake You’ve Probably Never Heard About [VIDEO]


Considering how many things we do “wrong” nowadays (like using ketchup cups, peeling oranges, eating chicken wings like a lady), you can’t help but wonder why we listen to our forefathers at all. Take cake-cutting for example. For as long as we’ve known, people have employed the exact same method for cutting into round cakes: carving off triangular slices and leaving the leftovers to sit in the fridge.

Well, apparently this method sucks.

Earlier today, British mathematician Alex Bellos decided to instruct the world on the most mathematically efficient technique for cake cutting. The problem, Bellos explains in his “Scientific Way to Cut a Cake” video, is that once your individual slice is removed, the remaining exposed insides will slowly dry out. Because of this, “you’re not maximizing the amount of gastronomic pleasure that you can make from this cake.”

Instead, the answer is to cut the round cake like you would a rectangular sheet cake. That is, in cake-long rectangular strips. Then, once your strip is removed, the rest of the cake can be squished and held together with a rubber band to minimize aeration and maximize moist delicious goodness.

It should be noted that the sides of Bellos’s video cake seem to be lined with firm, sugary fondant, which is able to withstand the pressure of the rubber band. We’re not sure so sure how well something like buttercream would hold up.

Though, alternatively, we could just eat the whole cake in one go.

H/T Digg + Picthx SanFranAnnie


Mathematical Reasoning Explains Why You Should Always Order a Larger Pizza


In case you needed to be convinced to buy larger, cheesier pizzas, here’s some mathematical proof.

Using data on over 74,000 pizzas from 3,678 different US pizza joints, Quoctrung Bui of NPR created a graph illustrating the cost of pies versus the surface area of pies. What he discovered was something we’ve been sure of all along: the bigger the pizza, the cheaper the cost.


The logic behind this is based on simple high school math: a pizza is a circle, a circle’s area increases with the square of the radius. For example, a 12-inch pizza is twice as large as an 8-inch pie, not just 4-inches more. On the other hand, an even better deal would be to go for the 16-inch, which is more than double the size of an 8-inch pie — about four times as large, in fact.

As you can see below, pizza prices don’t increase proportionally to the size of the pie.



If you’re a bit dizzy from all the numbers, NPR’s interactive graph helps you visualize the concept.

In conclusion: Buy the large, then save any leftovers for the waffle iron.

Picthx NPR, British Mum