There’s a Right and Wrong Way to Eat a Hamburger, Scientists Say

And you've probably been doing it wrong.

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McDonalds' Big Mac hamburger.

How to hold a hamburger may seem like second nature to most, but researchers in Japan reportedly spent four months figuring out a better way.

According to Kotaku, the TV show Honma Dekka!? recently hired three experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry, who produced a 3D scan of a hamburger and analyzed it on a particle level.

While most people pick up their burgers with their thumbs on the bottom and their other fingers on top, the trio reportedly argued that burger eaters should have their thumbs and pinkies supporting the bottom bun and their middle fingers spread evenly on top to minimize spillage and maximize the amount of beef patty and bun making it into the mouth.

Kotaku created a GIF of the ideal hold presented on the show, and sure enough, nary a drop of ketchup fell onto the plate.

Hungry yet?

19 comments
DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

If it weren't for the fact that burgers in the U.S. are often bigger than the bite height of the average human being, and holding them as the article described is only slightly possible for NBA players who can palm a beach ball, this might have been useful in a "trying to stay neat" sort of way.

They also have wrappers in Japan so that women can conform to the socially accepted practice of hiding one's face (or mouth) while eating in public.  Ochobo is the idea that a small mouth is attractive, and opening it wide to eat a gigantic classic-style burger is not considered to be attractive.

So, it seems a couple of odd things regarding burgers have come out of Japan lately.  If they come up with a shake that gets rid of the fat calories in a burger, I'll be all for that.

wangyutzu
wangyutzu

come on! just eating it. Why waste so mush energy on this useless thing? Personally, I think it just good to get messy when you eat a hamburger. After all, you chose fast food means you can enjoy your food without care too much, so why bother?  

HelmyElsaid
HelmyElsaid

Eating ways(www.twitter.com/hlmelsaid)

swg333tx
swg333tx

Proper way to eat a Mc salad:  Grasp the plastic bowl thing with your fingers, take it to the trash receptacle, then drop it in.

Now go get one of those yummy burgers!  :)

BenCaesar
BenCaesar

See thats why the japs are ahead of us in technology!

s.morgan
s.morgan

I've been eating burgers that way for years.

StephenDing
StephenDing

wait, seriously? a scientific way to eat burgers? please, we're not paying millions to research how to eat burgers. if you have that money, end world hunger

roknsteve
roknsteve

Anyone who thinks humans don't know how to eat a burger is a drooling goon.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@notmyshametobear

Shamelessly plugging your own blog with invidious comparisons equating behavioral research with medical research? That's a logical leap Superman couldn't make.  It's worthy of creationist scholars and other delusional individuals with an agenda and an absence of critical thinking skills, but then, they're good with making grandiose and logically baseless rationalizations.

Did it ever occur to you that a behavioral scientist might not be all that able to create cures for cancer?  "Scientist" is a general term, but what they do science in is usually rather specific and takes specialized training.  You do know that medical researcher and and what these guys do are two entirely different disciplines, right?  

I mean, if that's the kind of irrational comparisons you write about, no wonder you have to advertise.

And FYI, that irrational comparison you just made IS your shame to bear.  That one's all on you.

juzt1n93
juzt1n93

@notmyshametobear Not to be "That guy" but the vaccine for HPV has already been made and women are still dying.  To stop having meaningless deaths you only need to send an email to your politicians saying how important making that vaccine mandatory in schools is and we might just save 4,000 people every year for younger generations.

It's just human nature to be lazy or preoccupied while other people are dying.  Who cares anyway?  It's not like it's your problem.

D.Hanlin
D.Hanlin

@s.morgan  Me too. If you're really trying to enjoy your big, juicy hamburger without it falling out on all sides, you figure this out pretty quick.

ILoveFreedom
ILoveFreedom

@StephenDing Oh please get real, not everything costs millions of dollars to do, it only had 3 experts and like 3 months figure it out. And you;re not the one footing the bill,,,,