The Fundamental Theory of Potlucks 16 December 2005Posted by ALBUS in Culture, GUESTS, Misc.
The amount of food (F) people bring to a potluck is determined by the function: F = n + X, where n is the number of people attending and X is a random variable, ranging from a slightly negative number to n and depending on the socioeconomic status of the group, thus assuring sufficient food for all, plus leftovers.
The FTP applies to quantity, not selection. Everyone could, in theory, bring stuffed eels, or another undesirable dish. This would satisfy the appetite for stuffed eels, but would not ensure quality or diversity, thehallmarks of a successful potluck.