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March 26th, 2009 (01:07 pm)

Emma's Pizza, in Cambridge, sells pizza by the slice. However, sometimes one gets an extra slice, apparently because whoever cut up the pizza got sloppy and made some slices too small to sell by themselves. The people at ITA who go there refer to these as "bonus slices".

What drives my lunchmates to obsess about bonus slices, though, is trying to figure out how the people at Emma's decide who gets them. Some people are believed to get more bonus slices than others; explanations for this include "he's a regular customer", "they like him", and probably "they think he's too skinny".

So, today, people came back from Emma's with no bonus slices, and speculation started, including the idea that maybe it depends on the time of day. Lori said that her preferred hypothesis was that humans are pattern-seeking animals.

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: March 26th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)

Pizza Pareidolia.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: March 26th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)

<looks it up>...ooh, cool. It looks like it's really a form of apophenia, but the alliteration is nice.

I suppose Pizza Pareidolia would be perceiving a picture in the pattern of pepperoni.

Posted by: dsrtao (dsrtao)
Posted at: March 26th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)

If you see Dean Martin on a big pizza pie, that's pareidolia.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: March 26th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)

...yes. Yes, it is.

My.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: March 26th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Foglio

If an eel lunges out,
and it bites off your snout,
That's a moray!

Posted by: blue shark of friendliness (ckd)
Posted at: March 26th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)

I've gotta go with "pattern-seeking animals", though I haven't tried to figure out a pattern as to when I get one.

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