A menu for chicken wings has turned out be quite an intriguing math problem.
The list, originally posted by Twitter user @seanposting but identified by BuzzFeed as being from Danny’s Wok in West Philadelphia, has a mind-boggling pricing structure.
You can buy between 4 to 200 wings at the restaurant, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason when it comes to the prices, leaving people to wonder what quantity of wings is the most cost efficient.
People had all sorts of thoughts on what is the best bang for your buck.
If you want 200 wings you can save 5 cents by buying 150+50 separately.
— blizzz (@blizzzilla) October 22, 2018
Purchasing 200 wings instead of 4 brings the per-unit cost down by less than two full cents.
— Carter (@_c_s_b_) October 21, 2018
get 24 chicken wings instead of 4 and save…. five cents per wing??? get 80 wings instead of 4 and save…. $1.90!
— ʲᵘⁿᶦᵉ 🐝 (@strwberry_wine) October 21, 2018
It’s cheaper to order 50 wings + 10 wings than it is to order 60 wings! Aaaaaaarghhhhh
— Sam Keenan (@sam_keenan) October 23, 2018
Then came the spreadsheets.
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
Then the clever mathematics people with formulas.
This is about as good as I could get it.
# 24 is very strange, and it’s hard to predict what happens once they go in leaps of >1, but this formula works up to 50.
The approach is basically defining everything under 24, everything over 24, and 24 individually. pic.twitter.com/szaIcbaJQB
— Toast (@5paceToast) October 22, 2018
And then there were the charts.
So what’s the best option to getting the best price on wings?
Well, according to this chart by Twitter user @btuftin, if you want less than 25 wings, the best option is to get them in multiples of 3. Above that, 25, 50, 75 have the lowest prices per wing.
But honestly, who eats that many wings anyway?