Calculating calories at Jake's

triple-triple burgerAfter visiting one of those railroad museums in Connecticut, Barbara and I were looking for a place to have lunch without having to drive around a lot to find a good restaurant. So we spotted Jake’s Wayback Burgers right there in East Windsor and decided to give it a chance. The burgers were adequate (nothing to write home about, but a lot better than typical fast food), and the onion rings were quite good. But that’s not what this post is about.

My attention was drawn to a poster promoting the highly improbable “triple triple burger,” which featured nine hamburger patties and accompanying cheese. (See photo on left.) Does anyone really eat such a monstrosity? They claim yes. But that’s not what this post is about.

The problem was with the math. Not the “triple triple,” which appropriately described nine patties rather than six, but the calorie count. An accompanying flyer (see evidence below) estimated the calories:

A cheeseburger is listed as 570 calories… If you multiply that by 9, you get a whopping 1,980 calories.

Well…no. Actually you get 5,130 — which is a lot more whopping.

But wait! The triple triple burger has only one bun, not nine, so we have to reduce the 5,130 by the calories in eight buns. Could that really amount to 3,150? I suppose it’s possible, but it seems unlikely to me — and in any case it doesn’t support the reasoning in the flyer.

OK, there’s one more possibility. We had “cheesy burgers,” each of which had two patties, not just one as the plain “cheeseburger” had. So maybe we should multiply 570 by 4.5, which give 2,565. Still more than 1,980, but now we can bring back the eight-bun reduction. Perhaps that’s the answer.


wayback flyer



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