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What 400 Gallons Of Oobleck Can Teach You About Ketchup

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Jul 23, 2018

This week's episode of The Sporkful podcast is up! Listen through the player, Stitcher, or Apple Podcasts. (And please subscribe!)

Se Young and Alex in San Francisco (below) are newlyweds with a big problem.

Alex is very sensitive to chewing sounds, but Se Young loves eating her food so hot that she has to chew and slurp with her mouth open. (So sometimes things get a little noisy when she eats.)

"There was on time where it culminated into a pretty big fight...and I cried," Se Young says. "I couldn't handle feeling like eating, which is my number one hobby, was creating a rift in our relationship."


They work together from their home -- so they literally spend all their time (and meals!) together. So when Se Young starts eating, there's no escape for Alex.

"It really is that soft mastication that kills me," Alex says. "It makes my skin crawl and it instantly triggers in my mind that I need to just get the hell out of there."

So is there a way for Se Young to enjoy her meals without torturing Alex?

This week on The Sporkful, Dan and Cooks Illustrated food science expert Dan Souza (below) try to help Se Young and Alex find a compromise.


Listen in to the full episode for that discussion.

Plus, Souza tells us how science can help you get your ketchup out of the bottle. (And check out this awesome oobleck experiment!)

Then later in the episode, Ariana in Boston calls in for advice about how to tell her favorite sandwich shop that their quality is slipping.

"At what point do you give somebody a critique," she asks, "and at what point do you keep your mouth shut?"

Interstitial music in this episode from Black Label Music:

- "New Hot Schtick" by Jack Ventim

- "Get In The Back" by Ken Brahmstedt

- "Scrambloid Remix 3" by Ken Brahmstedt

- "Sidewalk Chalk" by Haley Briasco

- "Rooftop Instrumental" by Erick Anderson

Photos: Courtesy of Dan Souza, Courtesy of Se Young K., and FlickrCC/Jake Kitchener

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