But­ter­siders put the­ory to the test

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

Pic­ture Gary Browne pd1493069

Ash­leigh and Joshua Wheal with their friend Amy test out the the­ory that toast is more likely to fall but­ter-side down when dropped

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