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The Large Supper

Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 3:38 PM

What, no dessert?
Comparing 52 depictions of The Last Supper painted between the year 1000 and the year 2000, it has come to the attention of a couple of brothers named Craig and Bryan Wansink (one a Biblical scholar and the other the director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab) that while the number of guys at the table has remained constant, the amount of food on the plates had steadily grown. The bread that Jesus is telling everyone to eat in remembrance of him has grown in size by 23%. The rest of the entrees on the table swelled by about 70%, and the plates themselves a corresponding 65.6%.

Also, the apostles in the middle ages were a scrawny bunch, but they fattened up in the paintings as we moved through the millennia.

I presume that the ultimate outcome of this will be a painting entitled, "The Last Buffet."

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