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‘How would a baguette move?’ is the internet’s latest big debate

If a baguette could move, the world would be a more interesting place.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 8, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 7:36 pm CDT

Perhaps you remember the age-old internet debate about how dogs would wear pants.

Or the one about how a snake would hold a knife.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good question like this and, finally, a hero has emerged to give us one. A short filmmaker who goes simply by Dave on Twitter (username @sheepfilms) asked how a sentient baguette would move and offered four distinct possibilities, each of which he was kind enough to animate.

This sparked some intense debate on Twitter.

Oddly enough the concept itself was rejected outright by “Half an Onion” who said “This is ridiculous. Food can’t do things humans do.”

Not that it solves the scientific question being asked here, but Dave also included a poll so people could vote.

Thus far, with over 300,000 votes in, “robot rotate” is way out ahead with 63% of the vote.

This isn’t the first time Dave has worked with baguettes creatively. Check out this short video of the “Baguette Express” pulling into a station.

In fact, a lot of his work seems to be of a fun/surreal nature.

You can check out more of his work on his website

As far as the baguette movement debate goes, we all know the real answer. Baguettes move by luring romantic french couples into putting them into their bicycle basket and taking them on picnics. Case closed.

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*First Published: Feb 8, 2019, 10:01 am CST