A Twitter user has introduced the world to a whole new way of slicing a bagel, and the world has responded with a resounding "no thanks."
It seems that with each passing week on social media, a new food debate enters the fray. The biggest issue with these food debates is that they don't seem to go away, they just continue to pile up. Pineapple on pizza, for instance. A culinary battle that has been raging on for years and folks on either side continue to oppose each other just as much as they ever have.
While we can handle people opting to have pineapple on their pizzas, although we definitely do not like it ourselves, this latest revelation is beyond the pale. Twitter user Alek Krautmann bought a couple of boxes of bagels and took them into work to share with his co-workers. A pretty nice gesture. However, as you can see from the photo of the bagels he posted on Twitter, what awaited in the boxes was fuel for social media's next big food fight.
Today I introduced my coworkers to the St Louis secret of ordering bagels bread sliced. It was a hit! pic.twitter.com/XNGbljtpYz— Alek Krautmann (@AlekKrautmann) March 26, 2019
The bagels were not sliced horizontally as they should be, but vertically as if they were mini loaves of bread. In the tweet, Alek describes the method as a St. Lous secret. Sorry sir, but it is a secret St. Louis should have kept. Were his co-workers only welcome to one slice each? Plus, who's eating the tiny round slices that occur once you get to the hole in the middle?
Not only has the original tweet been liked more than 20,000 times, but people have naturally been weighing in with their opinions. Thankfully, the world has not gone mad and the vast majority are of the belief that slicing bagels this way is just plain wrong. Even Dictionary.com has weighed in on the debate, revealing that the word bagel originates from an old German word that means ring, and to "please cut accordingly."
Even Krautmann's fellow St. Louis natives don't have his back, with one wanting to highlight that not everyone from their fair city is a sociopath. Even the owners of the bakery from which the bagels were bought are not entirely on his side. They tweeted that their staff is currently divided over whether slicing bagels this way is okay or not. Panera Bread also told Mashable that it'll slice bagels in whatever way the customer likes, so there could well be even worse methods out there.