It's a good thing there aren't serious problems out there to be solved by science, otherwise the investigation into the equation for the perfect bacon sandwich would seem like a frivolous waste of time. But because every major disease has been cured and there's no need for technological innovations, scientists in Britain have dedicated their time to figuring out just how to make the perfect bacon sandwich. Want the equation? Here you go:

N = C + {fb(cm) ¡ fb(tc)} + fb(Ts) + fc ¡ ta

No word on whether or not they've come up with a scientific explanation as to what kind of culture eats a sandwich that is composed only of bacon and bread.

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