Can Pasta Hold Your Weight?

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Every boy grows up chasing the same dream… to fly to a beautiful villa in Rome, Italy to build a pasta chair out of noodles utilizing a team of international spaghetti-building superstars.

Well, every boy doesn’t, but *I* did. And that dream came true.

Our goal was clear: we needed to build a pasta chair that would hold my weight, and we had to do it in just a few days. We studied every possibility, from designs that made use of classic bridge-style trusses to complex arches of thin spaghetti. We balanced functionality with aesthetics, because after all, we wanted it to look like an actual chair. And then we figured out what we could pull off with just the supplies that fit in a backpack and wouldn’t be confiscated on an international flight.

Johnny and Norbi, accomplished spaghetti builders from Óbuda University in Budapest, Hungary, suggested a base of tube-shaped cannelloni for its ease of handling and its relative strength. From that point, it was time to build… and deal with a range of crises including the perils of egg-additives affecting pasta composition, forgetting a few pieces critical to construction, and the grueling, unforgiving march against time.

And along the way, we took a few minutes to explain the culinary chemistry and food physics around why eggs get hard when you boil them, while pasta gets soft (but not *too* soft).

The result was an intense challenge in math, science, and engineering that drew on our knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving — and it all led up to one final dramatic moment: nervously lowering my butt onto our creation.

Every Think:



RECCS World Championship in Spaghetti Building

Huge Thanks To Anaida’s Beautiful Roman Villa


Pasta as an example for structure and dynamics of carbohydrate rich food materials

Starch Gelatinization

The Science Of Cooking Eggs

How Strong Is Spaghetti? STEM Challenge For Kids

Strength In Numbers: Spaghetti Beams

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Production and Writing by Matthew Tabor

Production Assistant/Makeup: Mo Lewit

Amazing Editing by AspectScience

Huge Thanks To Paula Lieber

Special thanks to Stafoh and Scott Frank

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