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Copenhaagen-Dasz Ice Cream

A delicious any-flavour dairy dessert. Or possibly not.
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Most consumers with a penchant for sugar-laden lard-based confections with added fruit, biscuits and chocolate will have experienced the delights of Haagen-Dazs ice cream, typically alone in a darkened room, with the curtains closed and a chair wedged firmly under the door handle.

Some of the more erudite amongst you may be conversant with Nils Bohr's conclusions on the metaphysical implications of quantum physics, commonly known as the "Copenhagen Interpretation" (q.v.).

(It is strongly advised that readers (who may or may not exist) follow the <link> at this point and read the relevant explanation, otherwise what follows may or may not make sense)

To continue:

The intention is to combine the mouth-watering flavour and texture of ice-cream with the subtle quantum uncertainty which is (or perhaps isn't) implied by the Copenhagen Interpretation.

The result will hopefully be an exotic product which is actually brought into existence by the act of observing (tasting) it.Since the observer has no evidence of the actual existence of the ice-cream until they taste it, and their percption of the "taste" is entirely conditioned by their interpretation of the information imparted by the collapse of the ice-cream's wave function(s), the ice-cream can taste of anything the taster wishes to; they merely have to interpret the "taste" information in their chosen way. It therefore doesn't matter what is actually on the spoon, as long as their is something there to provide a collapsible wave function.

Thus, never again will you go to the freezer and be disappointed to find that all the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice-cream has been surreptitiously scoffed in the wee small hours of the preceeding morning by a felonious drunken house guest (the bastard); with a large tub of Copehaagen-Dasz ice-cream to hand, you can have any flavour you want, instantly.....

8th of 7, Dec 31 2007

Copenhagen Interpretation http://en.wikipedia...agen_interpretation
Enlightening, low in calories, and good for you. [8th of 7, Dec 31 2007]

Haagen-Dazs http://en.wikipedia...ki/H%C3%A4agen-Dazs
Not enlightening, and bad for you, but tastes awesome. [8th of 7, Dec 31 2007]


       "Best Title of 2007 Award" goes to...
blissmiss, Dec 31 2007


       One would have to very careful in manufacturing this ice-cream, lest the contents of one tub become entangled with those of another. Were this to happen, it's possible that your tub of potential chocolate-chip could collapse into strawberry, merely because someone else had collapsed their into toffee-fudge flavour.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 31 2007

       Fear ye not:   

       "Guaranteed free of all artificial colourings, flavourings, preservatives, and Bell's Theorem quantum entanglements. Higgs field not included.   

       Store in a singularity at 0 Kelvin."
8th of 7, Dec 31 2007

       I was a bit scared that this was to do with Gunther Von Hagens
po, Dec 31 2007

       // Gunther Von Hagens //   

       What, somehow incorporate a ghoulish disemboweler of dubiously obtained corpses into an idea about quantum theory and ice-cream ?   

       Damn, looks like we missed a trick there ....
8th of 7, Dec 31 2007

       In this part of America, "Copenhagen" is the name of a popular dipping tobacco. I was really worried by that title.
baconbrain, Dec 31 2007

       Hang on. Just because you *trigger* the collapse of the wave function through observation, that doesn't mean you *control* what it collapses to, does it?   

       In other words, you can have any flavour, instantly, but *not* //you can have any flavour you want, instantly//, shirley?   

       If you want to // interpret the "taste" information in [your] chosen way//, then that's a whole different technical challenge, which might involve re-wiring your brain. If you can do that, then you don't really need the quantum-indeterminate ice cream anyhow, do you?
pertinax, Jan 01 2008

       I am more of a fan of the Many-Tubs Interpretation.
4whom, Jan 01 2008

       is that the one that says somewhere there is a skinny [4whom]?
po, Jan 01 2008

       // somewhere there is a skinny [4whom] //   

       Stringy rather than skinny.
8th of 7, Jan 01 2008


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