The ‘Pringles ringle’ is the best thing we’ve learned about in weeks

I have never liked physics. It involves numbers and science and a whole bunch of big words I do not understand. I have, however, always loved Pringles, because they are chips and chips are yummy.

One kind of physics I can get behind? The kind that involves defying gravity by carefully stacking Pringles. It’s called the “Pringles ringle,” and it’s taking the internet by storm.

The latest wave of this internet trend got started back in October of 2016 with TV producer Jane Espenson, who tweeted out a photo of her successful Pringles ringle, a self-standing circle of Pringles held up by nothing but the laws of physics:

The picture has been retweeted almost 90,000 times and sparked a Pringles ringle renaissance, as people across the country took a break from eating junk food to attempt to stack junk food.

Now, it is your turn. Forget everything your mother ever said about not playing with your food. This is the pursuit of knowledge.

How to build a Pringles ringle:

1. The first step is pretty obvious. You need to buy Pringles. I’m not sure if one flavor stacks better than others, but you should probably buy all of them, just in case. Again, for science.

2. Eat a few of the Pringles. This step isn’t really necessary, but I know you’ve already done it so I’m listing it anyway.

3. Hey, hey, I said just a few, we still need some chips to stack! STOP EATING THE PRINGLES.

4. Begin stacking the Pringles, using their natural curved shape to create a circle. It appears that a sturdy base is the key to a successful ringle.

Espenson posted the tutorial she followed, but this video is a little clearer. Plus, the fellow in this video takes the extra precaution of putting on safety glasses to stack potato chips, and we want to stress safety here:

5. Once you have a completed ringle, you need to document the feat so you can share it on the internet and ensure the continuation of this trend. Make it a selfie so people know you are the architect.

6. Eat the Pringles. I don’t think I need to tell you that this is the most important step. Without this step, you just spent the last hour of your life wasting food.

And there you have it! Now, if science can only figure out how to get the last few Pringles out of that darn tube…

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Mitchell Byars
Mitchell Byars was born and raised in Hawaii and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he is a reporter. On his free time, he likes to golf, swim and enjoy a nice beer.

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