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  • #16
    Originally posted by nacktman:
    So far the majority goes with butter side down.
    Does anyone know what that means?
    You have a greasy mess on the floor?

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    • #17
      The key to this problem is whether you will eat it or not once it hits the floor.
      If you dropped it on Martha's floor it would not be a problem either way.
      My floor on the other hand posses a problem if you get with in 6" of it. To much dog hair to be safe. Even apples have gone to the animals after hitting the floor.

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      • #18
        But remember...if the bread lands on its side, you'll have the ability to read minds.

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        • #19
          "The bread always falls butter side down" is a variation of "Murphy's Law".

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          • #20
            Originally posted by jon71:
            ...bread always lands butter side down and a cat always lands on it's(sic) feet. What happens when you put butter on a cats(sic) back and drop it?
            The most plausible theory I've seen is that you will have created a reliable perpetual-motion device. Picture it, flipping, flipping, flipping...

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            • #21
              Originally posted by flajoe:
              "The bread always falls butter side down" is a variation of "Murphy's Law".
              Yep, Murphy's law has many variations and corollaries:
              • If anything can go wrong, it will
              • MacGillicuddy's Corollary: At the most inopportune time
              • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong
              • Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse
              • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something
              • Murphy's Law of Thermodynamics: Things get worse under pressure.
              • Murphy's Constant: Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value
              • It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
              • The legibility of a copy is inversely proportional to its importance.
              • You cannot successfully determine beforehand which side of the bread to butter.
              • The chance of the buttered side of the bread falling face down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
              • A falling object will always land where it can do the most damage.
              • No matter how long or how hard you shop for an item, after you've bought it, it will be on sale somewhere cheaper.
              • The other line always moves faster.
              • Everyone has a scheme for getting rich that will not work.
              • The Peter Principle: In any hierarchy, each individual rises to his own level of incompetence, and then remains there.
              • There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over.
              • When in doubt, mumble. When in trouble, delegate.
              • Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral or fattening.
              • In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
              • Sturgeon's Law: 90% of everything is crap
              • Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
              • No good deed goes unpunished.
              • Bombeck's Law: Anything dropped in the bathroom will fall in the toilet.
              • Cole's Law: Thinly sliced cabbage.
              • Crespins Law of Observation: the probability of being observed is in direct proportion to the stupidity of one's actions
              • If many things can go wrong, they will all go wrong at the same time.
              • Waxman's Law: Everything tastes more or less like chicken.
              • Skarstad's Observation: You will never find any more loose change than you have already lost.
              • If authority was mass, stupidity would be gravity.
              • If anything was worth doing, it would've already been done.
              • Long's Law: Those who know the least will always know it the loudest.
              • McFalls' Maxim: No degree of acceptance can ever change the facts.
                Translation: You may come to terms with being screwed, but nevertheless you're still screwed.
              • Hunter's Observation on Beauty: Beauty is only skin deep, fashion even shallower.
              • Hunter's Observation on Experts: An expert is someone with an opinion and a word processor.
              • Hunter's Observation on hypocrites: A person without values or standards can never be a hypocrite.
              • Sgt. Murphy's Law: Don't get into a pissing contest with a skunk.
              • Things are never as good as they are bad.
              • Chaos always wins, because it's better organized.
              • A bird in the hand is messy.
              • Wright's Surmise: If Murphy's law is correct, everything East of the San Andreas Fault will slide into the Atlantic
              • Cheer up, the worst is yet to come...
              • Mrs. Murphy's Law: If anything can go wrong it will go wrong when Mr. Murphy is out of town....
              • The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, the pessimist fears this is true.
              • You will find an easy way to do it, after you've finished doing it.
              • Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you think, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
              • Trump's Law: The wind will always blow opposite to your hairdo
              • Hall's Law: Anyone who isn't paranoid simply isn't paying attention.
              • A valuable falling in a hard to reach place will be exactly at the distance of the tip of your fingers.
              • Behind every little problem there's a larger problem, waiting for the little problem to get out of the way.
              • Gumperson's Law: The likelihood of something happening is in inverse proportion to the desirability of it happening.
              • If the truth is in your favor no one will believe you.
              • The two most abundant things in all the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
              • Its never so bad it couldn't be worse.
              • Occult Principle of Murphism: To know Murphy's Law is to draw its attention.
              • Murphy's Metalaw: Knowing Murphy's Law will never help.
              • Avoidance Law: If for some reason Murphy's Law fails to operate, it is building up for something big.
              • Buddha's Version of Murphy's Law: Decay is inherent in all things, strive unceasingly.
              • Fleming's corollary:: Nothing ever gets better.
              • Everything that could possibly go wrong for anyone else always seems to happen to you
              • Lewis' Axiom: The person ahead of you in the queue, will have the most complex transaction possible
              • Sod's Law: Murphy was an optimist
              • Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
              • And on the eighth day God said;"O.K. Murphy, you take over![/list]

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              • #22
                The scientific arguement I've seen suggests that the butter side hits the floor because the average height of a kitchen counter allows only enough rotation in the average slice of bread so that the side facing up on the counter ends up facing down on the floor. Makes sense to me.

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                • #23
                  • Lily Tomlin's Variation: The list of things that will get worse before they get better, will get longer before it gets shorter.

                  • missouriboy's Theorem for the Buttered Bread Mystery: If there's a 50-50 chance of something going wrong, 9 times out of 10 it WILL.[/list]

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                  • #24
                    My luck...it seems it always falls butter side down. Even with my clean floor...I will not pick it up and eat it, the dog would gladly take it though.

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                    • #25
                      Luckily I don`t have to worry about about this conundrum as I am allergic to butter so I never use it.
                      Regards. John S.

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                      • #26
                        What about Jelly? That always seem to land first as well.

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                        • #27
                          Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
                          Just an interesting side note. "Hanlon's Razor" is actually a misquote of the name of the actual author of the aphorism; Robert A. Heinlein, the "Dean" of science fiction and nudist.

                          -Mark

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by nacktman:
                            So far the majority goes with butter side down.
                            Does anyone know what that means?
                            No clue, but I voted either...either it will or won't land butter side down.

                            Florida David I've heard of greased pig contests, but butter cats?

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                            • #29
                              A tangentially related topic is the subject of a story I heard long ago:

                              'One Saturday morning, Billy & Tommy were discussing what they were going to do that afternoon. Billy wanted to go to the movies, and Tommy wanted to go to the ice cream shop. They didn't have enough money to do both, so they decided to flip a dime to make the choice. Billy said "Ok, heads - we got to the movies, and tails - we get ice cream ... and if it lands on it's edge - we go home and finsh our homework."'

                              Take Care & Have Fun Bare,
                              David

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                              • #30
                                The buttered side is heavier than the unbuttered side, hence it will land butter side down. Unless it's pressed in enough to concentrate the weight in the center of the slice.

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