Teflon theory

Say, you know that tired old joke that goes “If nothing ever sticks to Teflon, how do they make Teflon stick to the pan?”
You most probably do, because for all these years it’s been the #1 in the “Haha very funny now fuck off”-category.
Well anyway, the fact remains that I’ve never heard a decent answer to that question (and no, I never use Google either, Einstein).

So I was thinking about it in the car today, and then suddenly it dawned on me…

Yes, it is true that nothing sticks to Teflon. But is equally true that stuff can (and does) stick to pans. So what they basically do, instead of sticking the Teflon to the pan, they just stick the pan to the Teflon! Et voilà!

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

Also, I think I don’t get enough sleep these days.

Jeroen

2 Responses to “Teflon theory”


  1. 1 Suiadan

    My guess would be that they apply the teflon to the pan in a liquid state via two separate chemical substances or that it is formed under high pressure. The two methods are common when dealing with polymers.

    Another possibility is that the non-stickiness is created because of the irregular surface of the material, thus having a smooth backside glued to the pan.

    At least, those are my calculated guesses based on the one semester of ‘Production and Technology’ I got last year at university.

    Anyway, I have this great ability to ruin a joke by reasoning my way out of it. I’m very sorry. :)

  2. 2 Jeroen

    OMG only 40 minutes before the first brainiac turned up with a real scientific answer! You win a year’s supply of Teflon coated underwear (which is basically just one piece, since you pretty much never have to wash it…)!

    Well done ;-)

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