Danny's Wok, a Chinese restaurant in West Philly, may have cracked the code to get people interested in math.
A jewelry maker and twitter user who goes by the name @seanposting pointed out the absurdity of a chicken wing menu which has customers breaking out the calculators to order. It seems no one can come up with any kind of formula for breaking down the per wing cost. Of course that wasn't going to stop Twitter from trying with hilarious results.
theres gotta be a better way to convey this information https://t.co/pHEswDU0TC— sean (@sean)1540160688.0
@seanposting get 24 chicken wings instead of 4 and save.... five cents per wing??? get 80 wings instead of 4 and save.... $1.90!— ʲᵘⁿᶦᵉ 🐝 (@ʲᵘⁿᶦᵉ 🐝)1540160918.0
@seanposting BUT HOW MUCH FOR 201 WINGS— 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 (@𝗔𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿)1540176676.0
@alexmillar just buy 150 + 45 + 6 wings— sean (@sean)1540176755.0
@seanposting @JamesRambin Purchasing 200 wings instead of 4 brings the per-unit cost down by less than two full cents.— Carter (@Carter)1540162867.0
We need order in the world.
@seanposting @AsnoDeBuridan can I just say that I'm deeply disturbed by 30 35 40 45 50 60 70 SEVENTY FIVE 80 90 10… https://t.co/A7YjnEF9MK— Clayton K. 🌶️ (@Clayton K. 🌶️)1540176238.0
Is Danny trolling us?
@clayton_kr @seanposting @AsnoDeBuridan Why is it 1.10/1.15 for each additional wing, but wing number 25 is only 55… https://t.co/XcwlKixOtE— Josh (@Josh)1540276808.0
@seanposting @NeilNevins Okay, math twitter going full in aside, who is walking into this establishment to buy 23 w… https://t.co/mQi5UlxtqN— Kirby of Ursus (@Kirby of Ursus)1540171343.0
@seanposting Before pocket calculators, logarithms and chicken wing prices had to be looked up in reference tables.— Spooky Erin 👻 ☭ (@Spooky Erin 👻 ☭)1540250222.0
@holycity15 @seanposting Member when math teachers were all "you won't always have a calculator with you"? WELL WHO… https://t.co/QSMJtpdlmD— Stoned In Denver (@Stoned In Denver)1540261901.0
Okay, things just got a little too real.
@seanposting this formula breaks down at the 24 wing mark, and I can't figure out what on earth went wrong at that… https://t.co/4JK3eh7Hso— Lynn ð��½ (@Lynn ð��½)1540163802.0
@seanposting https://t.co/bJ0Y8iUluP— dilski 📐 (@dilski 📐)1540163089.0
@seanposting Here's a spreadsheet where I extrapolated the prices of 1-3 wings, then tracked the difference by subt… https://t.co/SQwVXhQnjk— SpooklopsDragon (@SpooklopsDragon)1540263343.0
@seanposting If you want less than 25 wings, the best option is to get a multiple of three. For 25 or more, 25, 50… https://t.co/SRiZXcSfw2— ranrøjB nitfuT (@ranrøjB nitfuT)1540248484.0
@seanposting This shit annoyed me all night so I had to figure out the best deal. 25, 50, 125, 150 give you the bes… https://t.co/hvuPKKoaYc— 👻 Coke Man 👻 (@👻 Coke Man 👻)1540307007.0
@seanposting Okay, I think I figured it out. They wanted to make a profit of $1 per wing, but that’s a $1 profit AF… https://t.co/j9VGoRktWA— Alex HalldenAbberton (@Alex HalldenAbberton)1540322192.0
@seanposting So they calculated the cost as C = n*1.1125 + x rounded to the nearest 5 cents, where C’s the total c… https://t.co/YrKO89WYSF— Alex HalldenAbberton (@Alex HalldenAbberton)1540322219.0
@seanposting I'm not seeing the pattern but there's an awesome minimization problem in here somewhere to get the be… https://t.co/52OXTxcDvx— Todd Gamblin (@Todd Gamblin)1540252598.0
WE JUST WANT SOME CHICKEN WINGS!
But there were other factors to consider.
@seanposting I love and appreciate the diligence of the maths, but I studied philosophy. Are the wings good? Thank you.— goldenduck (@goldenduck)1540256153.0
@goldenduck @seanposting Do you mean ethically?— Danny Kodicek (@Danny Kodicek)1540287185.0
@DannyKodicek @seanposting I meant aesthetically. At these prices I cannot imagine that they were ethically sourced… https://t.co/S5DonSAhgj— goldenduck (@goldenduck)1540397109.0
@goldenduck @seanposting Is 'good' considered a meaningful term in the philosophy of aesthetics? It's not a field I have any expertise in.— Danny Kodicek (@Danny Kodicek)1540397390.0
@DannyKodicek @seanposting In this instance I am only applying a hedonic calculus, are they pleasing to the eye and… https://t.co/4m6CjTn90d— goldenduck (@goldenduck)1540398088.0
@seanposting You should see how they price the fries— Jerrid Grimm (@Jerrid Grimm)1540269902.0
We're never eating are we?