Japanese researchers have discovered the perfect way to eat a hamburger. Three “experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and density” went on Japanese TV show Honma Dekka!? in an effort to “try to figure out the best way to hold and eat a large hamburger.” The group did a comically large amount of research for their project, including constructing 3-D models of burgers that examined how, say, the bun interacts with lettuce or cheese.

Ultimately, though, the group concluded that there is one solid, preferred way to eat a burger: thumbs and pinkies on the bottom, middle three fingers on top. The uniformly spread fingers help keep the burger together at all times, thus keeping the contents from mushing out preemptively. [via Foodbeast and Kotaku]