How to Win the Wishbone, According to Science

November 23, 2017

It’s officially wishbone season. What with all the whole birds we’re bound to be consuming in the next few weeks, it’s high time we know our way around a wishbone, or at least a wishbone competition.

We all know what those are, right? That post-meal game where you and a competitor grab opposite ends of a two-pronged bird bone and pull to see who will walk away with the bigger half. It’s part superstition, part friendly competition, part tradition. Well, thanks to the team at Scientific American, making sure you crack the bigger bone just got a lot easier. Check out a (very technical) explainer video that gives you a few ways to win that wish—and a few ways to cheat along the way.

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.

1 Comment

Rhonda35 November 23, 2017
Even has tips for cheating! Too funny.