Buttersiders put theory to the test
A SLICE of fame was enjoyed by people living in Butterside Road, Park Farm, this week. The residents were selected because of the appropriatelynamed road and took part in a wacky science experiment to work out why toast usually lands butter-side down. The “Buttersiders” proved that it is more likely that both floor and toast end up worse off when they appeared on BBC1’s One Show on Monday evening. The television crew visited Butterside Road three weeks prior to the broadcast. Emma Wheal was one of the residents who took part in the experiment, along with two of her three children – 11-year-old Ashleigh and four-year-old Joshua. She said: “It was mad seeing them on the telly, especially seeing Joshua’s face taking up the whole screen.” Science presenter Marty Jopson explained the theory that the height toast is dropped from, whether it is being carried just above waist height or slips off a sideboard, means that toast only has time to make a half-turn when falling and therefore flips and is more likely to land butter-side down. The families living in Butterside Road were filmed as they tested the theory by dropping toast. The experiment proved 41 out of 60 pieces of toast did indeed land butter-side down.
Ashleigh and Joshua Wheal with their friend Amy test out the theory that toast is more likely to fall butter-side down when dropped