Matthew Warner

To Side or Not to Side?

In the midst of all our country’s partisan politics, I’ve encountered yet another divisive issue. When a slice of cake is served, should it be on its side?

Consider the cake-upright presentation:

Fig 1. Cake upright

Each forkful acquires a moist portion of the top icing layer. One experiences each layer of cake, as is proper.

Then there’s the cake-fallen-over presentation:

Fig 2. The cake drunkard.

This poor chocolate cake is perhaps drunk on kahlua. Pity the poor wretch. Now, the eater can only experience one, maybe two, layers at a time. Too far to the right, and the eater eats all the icing at once. Who wants that?

Which do you think is better? (You know the right answer.)

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