Baked good dilemma

Close your eyes and imagine yourself toasting a bagel (toasting it with your eyes open - safety first). Now this bagel is maybe an everything or a cinnamon sugar or a sesame seed - the deal is that all the good stuff is all on the top.

After you toast this top-loaded bagel, you have a choice to make, and here is the dilemma - do you eat the yummy top first?

Addendum:
And why or why not? What's your rationale, dude?

9 comments:

J.Po said...

I closed my eyes, and then I couldn't read the remainder of the post.

Spice said...

Nope. I'd eat it last.

And your answer to this question says a lot about you, according to a long history of psychological experiments done with little kids.

K. Bro said...

I say save the best for last. What's your diagnosis, oh great psychologist?

towwas said...

I don't really like bagels that much. So, given that I wouldn't want to eat the whole thing, I'd go ahead and start with the good half.

Burrito Eater said...

On the rare occasion I eat a bagel, I spread both sides with cream cheese and then put the halves together like a cream cheese sammich. I then eat the top and bottom at the same time. Then an hour later I am still freakin' starvin' so I eat some chips.

miss shirley said...

Always eat the yummy first, that way you always have room for the yummy.

grrrbear said...

I've never eaten a bagel that didn't have yummy stuff on both sides - so I deny your perceived reality and substitute it with my own to say that no matter which half I eat, it will be yummy.

Does that make me a communist? "Yummy sides for everyone!"

Spice said...

It seems there's initial question of whether or not you think you're going to eat the entire bagel. If no, then I'd eat the yummy part first, as per miss.s's argument. If yes, then I'd save the best for last.

This complication makes it a different question that the psych experiments, which typically sit a little kid down in a room and tell him/her that they can either have one marshmallow now or five if they wait a short time while the experimenter leaves the room and comes back. If the kids can wait, then they're significantly more likely to be successful in life due to their ability to delay gratification.

But if you're assuming that you're not aiming to maximize the total quantity ingested (i.e. eat the whole bagel), then applying the experiments falls apart.

And I have now officially spent too much time thinking about this.

Sophist said...

I'd eat the yummy one first because it's toasted and it's best when it's still toasty warm.