A Chinese restaurant’s menu for chicken wings is now going viral for its complicated pricing structure, and people are really bringing out their math games to break down the numbers.
theres gotta be a better way to convey this information pic.twitter.com/pHEswDU0TC
— sean (@seanposting) October 21, 2018
While the menu card looked like any other ordinary one from different food places, the pricing structure has left many netizens baffled, including the person who took the picture, Sean Woodall, a 24-year-old resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
I’m confused about why some individual chicken wings cost $1.10 & others cost $1.15.
— Ben Spielberg (@BenSpielberg) October 22, 2018
Can someone explain the 25th wing price jump? I can see the number, I just dont understand why its alarming.
— Matthew R. Coleman (@SevenNationArm1) October 23, 2018
Seems like many people were really bothered by the pricing structure suddenly going off the rail and not following a clear pattern after a certain amount of wings.
The… THE NUMBERS ARE INCONSISTENT
— SeeBeyond (@BirbCafe) October 22, 2018
the 9th wing costs 1.10, the 10th wing is 1.15. What’s the catch here are they offering mail in rebate on wings
— videl skywind🌌 (@skywiind) October 22, 2018
It burnses, my precious.
Why does the cost of the marginal wing keep fluctuating? This is going to give me nightmares.
— Jacob T. Levy (@jtlevy) October 23, 2018
can I just say that I’m deeply disturbed by
like…stick to a pattern FOR CHRIST’S SAKE
— Clayton K. 🌶️ (@clayton_kr) October 22, 2018
Up until 24 wings there’s a pattern, but it goes off the rails on the second column. I would say someone made a mistake, but who am I to question a masterpiece such as this.
— Juju (@jujuadams) October 21, 2018
Why is it 1.10/1.15 for each additional wing, but wing number 25 is only 55 cents?! pic.twitter.com/WvcxvIyTtS
— Josh (@icecreamhead10) October 23, 2018
Lucky for them, however, math Twitter was there for the rescue. And surprisingly, a lot of people swooped in to break down the numbers in the menu – some even creating formulas and graphs.
— dilski 📐 (@dilski) October 21, 2018
Here’s a spreadsheet where I extrapolated the prices of 1-3 wings, then tracked the difference by subtracting the price of the last multiple of 25 (in column C). You can see the deviation when it hits 75 compared to 50, then continue tracking the deviations as I laid them out. pic.twitter.com/Se7RrypOym
— SpooklopsDragon (@CyclopsDragon) October 23, 2018
this formula breaks down at the 24 wing mark, and I can’t figure out what on earth went wrong at that point pic.twitter.com/lCmDu7j13b
— Lynn ð½ (@chordbug) October 21, 2018
If you want less than 25 wings, the best option is to get a multiple of three. For 25 or more, 25, 50 and 125 have the same, lowest, price per wing. pic.twitter.com/u6VCF1D6IW
— ranrøjB nitfuT (@btuftin) October 22, 2018
Or I suppose
x = 1.15*n – 0.05*(n div 3)
aaaanyway I’ll stop bothering you now
— Juju (@jujuadams) October 21, 2018
Oops, forgot to put the + 27.80 at the end of the last one (to the right of f(y)) in the final render. Oh well.
— Toast (@5paceToast) October 22, 2018
4 Chicken wings (4.55+n)
where n is an additional chicken wing and n=$1.15 two out of every third time where n=$1.10
— Six (@SoulreaverSix) October 21, 2018
One user decided to create a spreadsheet and lay out the Price-Per-Wing (PPW) on the table for everyone to see.
This shit annoyed me all night so I had to figure out the best deal. 25, 50, 125, 150 give you the best price per wing. pic.twitter.com/BGJLOKRNE5
— 👻 Coke Man 👻 (@gzusone) October 23, 2018
The publication reached out to an employee of Danny’s Wok for answers regarding the mysterious pricing structure of their wings, but even the employee had no idea. Woodall, however, theorized that the restaurant “wanted to make it as easy as possible for customers to know how much they would pay for any possible amount of wings, without the cashier needing to clarify or calculate.”
“Still no idea as to why the 25th wing is $0.55. Maybe it’s a mystery better left unsolved,” she told BuzzFeed.