# How Do You Eat Corn On the Cob?

1. Jul 29, 2012

### Illuminerdi

2. Jul 29, 2012

### Jimmy Snyder

After I clear a path of width 4 kernels, I then topple each row of kernels with my bottom teeth so that they snap off. The result is a very clean cob and I get the max nutrition. Even though it grows vertically, I eat it horizontally.

3. Jul 29, 2012

### DaveC426913

In other words, Jimmy is a robot.

4. Jul 29, 2012

### DaveC426913

I eat my corn in a spiral (I would have termed it as vertical, but I can roll with spiral), and indeed, I have a tough time with object-oriented development, which would place me in the analyst group, thus corroborating the author's hypothesis.

5. Jul 29, 2012

### rootX

We need a poll for this thread!!

As for me, I also eat in a spiral .

6. Jul 29, 2012

### DaveC426913

And?

Are you an algebraist/object-orienteerist, or an analyst?

7. Jul 29, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

I eat in a row from left to right, then turn and eat the next rows from left to right. It's tidier, you have clean cut rows all along the length.

That is also how my cats ate corn.

8. Jul 29, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

9. Jul 29, 2012

### Danger

Really? My cat waits until the mice eat the corn, and then eats them. That's the same approach that I use, except I substitute cows for mice.

10. Jul 29, 2012

### Monocles

I eat corn in both manners - sometimes both ways on the same cob. I'm also pretty much on the fence between analysis and algebra. I like both topics a lot!

11. Jul 29, 2012

### Illuminerdi

I use the same approach, except I substitute corn for cheeseburgers and cows for people.

12. Jul 30, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

You do cook the cows first, don't you?

I use the typewriter method myself, gobbling up three or four rows at a time.

13. Jul 30, 2012

### Danger

The only requirement is a chainsaw; fire is optional.

14. Jul 30, 2012

### zoobyshoe

I chew neat geometric figures by biting out one kernel at a time. Circles are hardest.

15. Jul 30, 2012

### Ken Natton

I am also fascinated by this. I can identify myself as an algebraist and horizontal eater of corn. More particularly, I am an adherent of the object oriented approach to programming, and would further extend that to the more old fashioned term – I prefer the bottom up to the top down approach to programming. Algebraists \ OOPers \ bottom-upers \ horizontal corn eaters like to figure out and declare all the variables required, write the utility sub-routines necessary and only then write the module level code with all required elements at hand. Analysts \ functional orienters \ top-downers \ spiral corn eaters prefer the instinctive, brilliant approach, starting at the first line and declaring variables, writing subroutines as they encounter the need for them.

From this, for anyone who knows the story of the events of the Pocono Conference, I’d like to propose this hypothesis: Julian Schwinger ate his corn in rows, Richard Feynman ate his in spirals.

16. Jul 30, 2012

### Charmar

I will agree with Danger's cow method being my favorite, but if someone places an ear of corn in front of me it will be eaten in spirals.

17. Jul 30, 2012

### Borg

I need to pass out free corn at work. I suspect that more than a few of the programmers are eating in spirals. :tongue:

18. Aug 2, 2012

I cut the corn off of the cob with a knife and then eat it with a spoon. I can't stand getting food between my teeth. :grumpy:

Since this is usually the preferred method of a child, I should have a preference for multiplication tables and long division.

Edit: Borg, that link in your signature contains some absolutely hilarious material! Especially the "naming" section. :rofl:

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19. Aug 2, 2012

### jim hardy

i must be an algebra-ist because i can't handle high math.
And i always try what's worked before first.

And i eat corn in a horizontal nibble in cadence with music playing in my head - Arthur Fiedler's arrangement of "Typewriter"

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20. Aug 3, 2012

### Borg

Glad you liked it. Unfortunately, I've seen too many of those examples in real code.