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Perfectly Slice a Pie With This Easy Math Trick

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Cutting a Thanksgiving pie can easily become a mismatched mess. We’re only human, and being able to slice perfectly portioned pieces is no easy feat. But fans of egalitarian eating rejoice (!), your salvation may have arrived in the form of a helpful math (!!) video.

The video is from the Youtube account of So What Learning and will give you a geometry lesson you are unlikely to forget. Using only a piece of paper wrapped in plastic, the video breaks down a pie into a perfect half, then a perfect quarter, and finally a perfect eighth. Behold a delicious pumpkin pie divided into 8 same-size slices. Too good to be true? Check out the proof:

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There you have it: a pumpkin pie for eight—without skimping on anyone’s slice. Will this technique hold up for some of the other Thanksgiving classics? Can a crunchy pecan pie take the trigonometric treatment? Will the crust of an apple torte hold up to geometry? These answers still remain to be seen. Until then, I will welcome geometry to my Thanksgiving table and give this little trick a whirl.

Will you try out this trick or leave it behind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Tags: thanksgiving, pie, trick, hack