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    What’s this? A new It’s Okay To Be Smart video on a Thursday? SURPRISE! 

    A Slice of (Pizza) Science!

    I love pizza. You love pizza. Everyone loves pizza, because let’s face it, much like a taco, pizza is kind of a perfect food. It’s a scientific fact*.

    In this video, I’ll show you how you can use math to keep a slice of pizza from drooping thanks to a 19th-century math genius. The bit of edible geometry that keeps your pepperoni from hitting the floor is the same reason that pizza boxes and aluminum cans are so strong despite being made of such thin materials. 

    Science also has an answer for which size pizza you should order (hint: ALL THE PIZZA). Finally, I’ll show you how to measure the speed of light using your microwave and a delicious frozen pie.

    All in 30 minutes or less!

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    *Not actually a scientific fact

    — 2 weeks ago with 222 notes
    #science  #pizza 
    Herman Cain’s 999 plan: a misleading pitch →

    It almost sounds like something out of the movie “Dave,” in which the accidental president enlists his accountant friend, Murray Blum, to help him figure out the federal budget.

     During Tuesday’s Washington Post-Bloomberg debate, Herman Cain, the former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza, named Rich Lowrie of Cleveland as “my lead economist” who helped develop Cain’s signature “9-9-9” plan for overhauling the federal tax system. “He is an economist, and he has worked in the business of wealth creation most of his career,” Cain said.

     Actually, according to Lowrie’s Linked-In profile, he has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Case Western Reserve University, not economics. Lowrie, in an e-mail, said he did not consider himself an economist, just “senior economic advisor” to the Cain campaign. Donor information maintained by shows he has donated $1,500 to Cain in 2010 and 2011, but also contributed $2,300 to Mitt Romney in his first run for the presidency in 2007.

    Okay, so Cain may have exaggerated the qualifications of his economic guru. But he has forcefully defended his ‘9-9-9’ plan, both during Tuesday night’s debate and on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” on Wednesday. Many readers have asked us to examine the plan and explain it, so let’s take it for a test drive.

    — 3 years ago
    #Cain  #GOP  #taxes  #economy  #pizza