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Scientists Found the Most Efficient, Groundbreaking Way to Hold a Hamburger

02/05/2014 06:38 am ET | Updated May 28, 2014

Before today, I never knew I had a problem eating burgers. But come to think of it, I had no idea I was eating apples, Chinese food and cupcakes wrong either.

I thought it was completely normal for a burger's contents to spill out of the buns by the second bite. Apparently, according to science, there is an ideal way to hold a hamburger. In fact, researchers spent four months in a lab getting to the bottom of the first world's most extravagant problem.

According to gaming blog Kotaku, a Japanese television show Honma Dekka!?  brought on three researchers, "experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry -- try to figure out the best way to hold and eat a large hamburger."

The research was humorously thorough, apparently featuring a 3D scan of a hamburger that studied how the particles interacted together while holding a large hamburger:

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The resulting data showed that the typical way of holding a burger often found the user inadvertently squeezing the contents out of the buns. Following multiple trials, it was concluded that there was one superior way of avoiding spillage:

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Thumbs and pinkies on the bottom:

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Middle three fingers on the top:

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With the uniformly spread fingers applying just enough pressure on the burger, the contents won't slip out as they normally would. The result?

No spillage:

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You are now eating a burger the way science has deemed is the most efficient, perfect way possible. Thank you so much science!

[H/T Kotaku, Images via FujiTV]