Cake cutting has become a popular celebratory practice across the globe. Birthdays, farewells or any happy occasion, for that matter, might seem incomplete without that big, fat cake. But have you ever wondered, what is the perfect way of slicing a cake? Some of you who couldn't care less would suggest that one should just dig in. While most of you believe that cutting cakes in triangles is the best way as we've been told to do so all these years. But, here's something new and worth knowing.A London based mathematician claims that cutting your cake in triangular slices is totally wrong. Alex Bellos seems to have figured out the perfect way of cutting cakes. The method that he suggests, heavily draws from a technique which was propounded about a hundred years ago by an by English scientist called Francis Galton.In his recently published YouTube video, Bellos explains how once a cake is cut and a triangular slice is taken out from the it, rest of the cake becomes dry and loses its original texture and quality on being stores/refrigerated. He explains that cakes should be cut in parallel lines, so that the whole cake can be sealed and stored.While explaining the problem with the conventional method of cake cutting, Bellos says "You are not maximizing the amount of gastronomic pleasure that you can take from the cake."The method of parallel cake cutting was first published in 1906 in Nature by Galton. You might find it tricky but it actually comes with a scientific backup. Galton had explained in his letters that the ordinary method of cutting a cake in wedges is faulty. He had suggested that the cake should be cut in parallel lines, starting from the center and not the corners, like we usually do. This helps in maintaining the freshness of the cake.
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