Food Pyramids

posted: 04/11/12
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As seen in "MythBusters: Jet Pack"

Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: The ancient Egyptians constructed pyramids according to the principles of sacred geometry, which incorporates specific angles and dimensional ratios that hold symbolic, divine meaning. Along with mummification, the pyramids' shapes were meant to further preserve pharaohs' bodies in the afterlife.

Today, some New Age adherents believe by extension that the power of sacred geometry can also preserve food.

MythBusters Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Scottie Chapman mail-ordered some pop-up preserver pyramids and gave the mathematical magic a whirl. They placed half an apple, half a rose and a glass of milk inside the pyramids and aligned them to magnetic north. Next, they left the remaining apple and rose halves, along with another glass of milk, outside the pyramids as a control group.

After weeks of rotting, the side-by-side comparisons completely disproved the pyramids' purported powers. The sacred geometry did nothing to preserve the apple, rose and milk samples - or the busted pyramid myth.

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