As sure as the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, February sees another assault on the all-time pasta bridge load/weight ratio record. And I’ve got a new personal best. 12 grams, carrying 148 grams for a 12.33:1 score. Nicely done, gang.
That’s not quite the school record, which is held by my esteemed colleague Rob Whitehead. His undergrad SCI-TECHers managed a 14:1 ratio last year. We’re working on it. I think this group may get the long-proposed and debated but never implemented second round, where we talk about strength of materials and cross-sectional shape by letting them make their own pasta. We’ll see how the term goes.