SPAGHETTI LOVE - Hard facts about the long pasta

The most popular pasta in the world. Whether in tomato sauce, all vongole or simply with butter and parsley , a round of spaghetti always goes. And when you splash some sauce on your chin, that's a good time to distract with a load of spaghetti knowledge....

Here are our TOP 4 of useless knowledge about spaghetti

Top 1: The McDonald's flop - the McSpaghetti

If you can sell burgers and fries worldwide, spaghetti shouldn't be a problem either. Mistake! In the 1970s, McDonald's introduced pasta. Pasta in cardboard, not appetising for many.

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In 1980, the noodle was taken out of the programme. Only in the Philippines and in Orlando (Florida) is spaghetti still a success today - and it became a trending topic on Twitter in the summer of 2021.

Even McDonald's was baffled and asked the swarm intelligence. What had happened? A holidaymaker, who was born long after the spaghetti test run, was on holiday in the Philippines. He posted a photo on Twitter. And off it went...

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Top 2: The best string in the world

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The most popular noodle in the world...
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The name Spaghetti comes from the Italian word spago. It means string or twine. Spaghetti is the diminutive (plural) form of it. So we eat strings, delicious little strings.

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Top 3: Spaghetti: export hit since the Middle Ages

Spaghetti was first reported in the 12th century. The cartographer, geographer and botanist Muhammed al-Idrisi lived at the court of the Norman King Roger II in Sicily at that time. Al-Idrisi also travelled through Sicily at this time.

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In 1154, his book "Libro di Ruggero", "Roger's Book" (original title "The Joy of Those Who Love to Roam the World") is published. In it, al-Idrisi reports that in Trabia (a small town east of Palermo) long dried threads are made from wheat, which are exported throughout the Mediterranean.

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Top 4: Nobel laureates despair of the long noodle

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Why does spaghetti always break into more than two pieces?
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The US Nobel Prize winner and physicist Richard Feynmann (*1918-†1988) also wondered why spaghetti always falls apart into more than two pieces. According to classical strength theory, the noodles should fall apart into two parts - but in fact there are at least three. For decades, research found no answer to the "pasta problem". Until 2004.

The French researchers Basile Audoly and Sebastien Neukirch published their research results in 2004. Their explanation: spaghetti are infinitely elastic rods. According to the Kirchhoff equations of elasticity theory, the mechanical tension in a stretched spaghetto keeps increasing.

When the noodle breaks at one point, the stress energy is converted into vibration energy. Bending waves race through the spaghetto. Where the vibrations overlap, breakage can also occur.

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written by Annie Kayser, first published 9.11.21, updated 22.9.22

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Sources: SWR Wissen: Why is spaghetti so long?; Welt Wissen, Norbert Lossau: "Why does spaghetti always break into more than two pieces?"; Wirtschaftswoche: "Useful knowledge about noodles"; Zeit und Geister: "Unnützes Wissen, 11th round"; The Sun: "MCWHAT? What is McSpaghetti and why is it trending?"