Friday Funny: Is Kansas Flatter Than A Pancake?

Using digital imaging, geographic information systems, and mathematical techniques, experts compare the topography of Kansas with the flatness of a pancake.
August 8, 2003, 3pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"In this report, we apply basic scientific techniques to answer the question 'Is Kansas as flat as a pancake?'While driving across the American Midwest, it is common to hear travelers remark, 'This state is as flat as a pancake.' To the authors, this adage seems to qualitatively capture some characteristic of a topographic geodetic survey...We purchased a well-cooked pancake from a local restaurant, the International House of Pancakes, and prepared it for analysis by separating a 2-cm wide sample strip that had not had time to desiccate. We collected macro-pancake topography through digital image processing of a pancake image and ruler for scale calibration..."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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Published on Friday, August 8, 2003 in Annals Of Improbable Research
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