If you've ever contemplated the age-old question as to whether or not you can cook a chicken by slapping it a bunch of times, then never fear - your query has finally been answered!
The wild experiment was seemingly borne from a 2019 Reddit thread pondering the very same question, where a user asked: "If kinetic energy is converted into thermal energy, how hard do I have to slap a chicken to cook it?"
One commenter, who was apparently a physics major, responded that it would take approximately '23,034 average slaps to cook a chicken' with a velocity of nearly 6000km per hour.
Two years on, YouTuber Louis Weisz decided to conduct a science experiment to find out once and for all if heat generated from slapping a whole raw chicken a ridiculous amount of times would actually be enough to efficiently cook it.
In a video appropriately titled 'I Cooked a Chicken by Slapping It', Weisz revealed it took him two months to successfully carry out the very important experiment, since the initial rig sped up to the point that it basically pulverised the chicken.
Weisz continued to adjust the bizarre contraption - which featured a paddle attached to a motor-powered robot arm - to cook the chook to the point it was edible by administering a whopping 135,000 slaps over eight hours, totalling 7,500 Watt hours of energy.
That's apparently two or three times as much energy as your oven would use to do a similar job.
Using a tip from Modernist Cuisine, Weisz kept the chicken at a temperature of around 55-60 degrees Celsius for a little over 90 minutes in order to cook the chicken through.
it's important to note, however, that it's normally recommended to cook a chicken to an internal temperature of at least 73 degrees Celsius in order to kill off germs.
But don't go rushing off to your local supermarket to try this one out just yet, because you're way better off eating a chook that's been cooked the good old fashioned way.
"It basically tastes like you've been chewing it more a minute already," Weisz said of the alternative method.
The curious YouTuber also tested his method on a piece of steak and was successfully able to cook the pieces of meat to an edible state, but we'll probably stick to using a frypan.
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