02 Nov Princeton Engineering Graduate Students Crack the ‘Oreo Twist’ Code
Heard of a game called the ‘Oreo Twist’? No, us neither. From our understanding however, the game is basically where you twist an Oreo and whichever side the cream is on, determines the answer to the question you pose – a modern day ‘Magic 8’ ball if you will.
This news is important now however, because three Mechanical Engineering graduate students, John Cannarella, Dan Quinn, and Joshua Spechler, from the renowned Princeton University in the United States, claim they have mastered a technique so that you can determine which of the two biscuits the cream will be on.
One of the three friends, John Cannarella, explains: “It’s interesting from an engineering standpoint since the cookie is similar to many modern composites: a strong brittle layer (the biscuit) for strength coupled with a weaker ductile layer (the cream) for toughness.”
How did this scientific discovery happen you ask? The three friends began their experiment in the laboratories of Princeton, twisting one biscuit after another using a rotation rig, going through hundreds of Oreos in the process.
What they found? With every Oreo, the cream was on the same biscuit which Quinn says made it “easy to make the leap that it’s a feature of the manufacturing process.”
Basically, if you want to determine the fate of your question using the ‘Oreo Twist’ method, just take a packet of Oreos, and twist one – whichever side the cream is on for that 1 Oreo will be the same on all the rest.
Yeah, it took 3 Mechanical Engineering Graduates from an Ivy League University to crack that code.