Watch This Truly Strange Video of a YouTuber Trying to Figure Out How Many Corn Cobs Are in a Can of Corn

updated Feb 14, 2020
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Have you ever wondered how many corn on the cobs are actually in a can of corn? No? Me neither. But one YouTuber wanted to answer the question that nobody is asking, so they set out to find and film that information in one of the weirdest ways one could imagine. The stop motion video from the aptly named “Curiosityandbeyond” account answers the question by purportedly re-placing each kernel from the can onto a cob of corn. In the words of elementary school math teachers everywhere, it does seem that they came out with right answer, however, they may not have used the most efficient method to get there.

As numerous commenters and Reddit users have pointed out, there are far easier ways to find the same answer — using estimated calorie counts, by weight, or by stripping the corn from the cob and adding it into the can, rather than pulling each kernel out and re-affixing it to the cob. Of course, that’s assuming that the filmer did actually do the experiment as shown, and didn’t just reverse a film of doing it in that easier way.

If you need any further reason not to trust the YouTuber’s faithfulness to the experiment as described, note that they begin by supposedly microwaving the can and spoon. Anyone who didn’t listen to their mother as a child or accidentally put a metal plate in the microwave before can tell you that the results are not pretty. Still, that doesn’t tell us anything about how the corn kernels went on or off of the cob.

Certainly, it makes for a more interesting video to watch each kernel get reattached to the cob, though it makes one wonder if they were glued on, in which case it’s a waste of corn. Either way, the end result comes to the same one and three-quarters cobs of corn as any other method would.