Whether it’s with or without cream cheese, it seems to be common knowledge everywhere that bagels should be sliced in half horizontally before being eaten.
That is, everywhere except St. Louis, according to a Twitter user whose photo of vertically sliced bagels lit up the internet on Wednesday.
Today I introduced my coworkers to the St Louis secret of ordering bagels bread sliced. It was a hit! pic.twitter.com/XNGbljtpYz— Alek Krautmann (@AlekKrautmann) March 26, 2019
On Monday, Twitter user Alek Krautmann shared a photo of two boxes of bagels from Panera Bread. Instead of the traditional bagel slice, Krautmann’s photo depicted bagels sliced like regular white bread.
“Today I introduced my coworkers to the St Louis secret of ordering bagels bread sliced. It was a hit!” Krautmann said in the tweet.
It may have been a hit in his office, but it certainly wasn’t a hit on Twitter.
Instead of enjoying halves of dense bread shaped like rings, Krautmann’s “St. Louis secret” calls for the donut-shaped buns to be cut into tiny discs. It’s unclear how many discs each person should eat.
One Twitter user said, “It’s like a crime scene.” Another said, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
Twitter user @TheDannyFresh asked, “[Were] you immediately fired?”
Panera Bread tweeted the scientist telling him that, “next time bagels are on us, sliced however you’d like.
Other St. Louis natives insist that they’ve “never seen a carb treated so callously.”
“I also grew up in St. Louis, and I’ve never heard of this atrocity,” writes Twitter user @m_wacker.
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