Schreddinger’s Cheese


Few indulgences in this world are as satisfying as tortilla chips topped with fresh guacamole and shredded cheese. To be clear, that’s real, shredded cheese. Nacho cheese and all similar artificial substitutes should be considered an abomination. Unfortunately, such a crucial decision is usually left to the chef’s sole discretion. You won’t know exactly what you’ve been given until the styrofoam container is later cracked open. There is no earthly way of knowing.

It is typical of these cases that an indeterminacy originally restricted to the chef’s domain becomes transformed into macroscopic indeterminacy, which can then be resolved by direct observation. As such, we should consider the cheese exists in both its shredded and nachoed forms until the final reveal. Simple guactum mechanics. It is the final observation of the chips that influences the outcome, not the chef. Will you be in for a treat or have you served yourself a pile of steaming filth? Peek carefully.