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The robot that eats cookies

Ryan Block , @ryan
Cookie Test Robot

Remember how everyone used to drop that example of researchers testing the viscosity of catchup (catsup? ketchup? whatever) to exemplify wasteful spending and useless science? Well, boffins at Mcvitie's laboratory in High Wycombe (that'd be in the UK, mate) have created the Crumb Test Dummy. Sole purpose? To test which baking techniques and recipes produce the most crumbs by continuous mastication (yes, that's mastication). And why was it created you ask? A Mcvitie rep said it's because "they haven't yet found a human who can test on this scale." Duh, why didn't you tap Cookie Monster, dude?

[Via Near Near Future]

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