One of the things I love about allrecipes is the ability to customize the number of servings. The default number of servings for the pumpkin pancake recipe was six, but I could adjust it to four, a more appropriate number for our two-adult, two-child family:
So I did. And as you’d expect, each item in the ingredient list was reduced to ⅔ its previous amount. Sort of. Two cups of flour was reduced to 1⅓ cups. One cup of pumpkin puree was reduced to ⅔ cup. But 2 teaspoons of baking powder was reduced to 1¼ teaspoons, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon was reduced to ¾ teaspoon.
The reduction in the number of servings was 33⅓%, yet the range of reductions in the ingredients varied from 25% for salt (from 1 teaspoon to ¾ teaspoon) to 50% for ground ginger (from ½ teaspoon to ¼ teaspoon).
But I get it. It’s not typical for most kitchens to contain a spoon that measures ⅙ teaspoon. So there’s clearly some part of the algorithm that completes the conversion but then finds a “nice” fraction that’s in the right neighborhood. Fair enough.
But what the hell’s going on here?
My guess is that the programmer is one of the folks to which this statement alludes:
5 out of 4 people aren’t very good with fractions.
That joke represents one-fifth of my favorite fraction jokes. Here are the other four:
Why won’t fractions marry decimals?
They don’t want to convert.
I’m right 4/5 of the time. Who cares about the other 10%?
There’s a fine line between a numerator and a denominator.
Sex is like fractions. It’s improper for the larger one to be on top.
If you find a store that sells ⅝ egg, please let us know about it in the comments.