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Google Put the Cheeseburger Cheese in the Wrong Place and Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has a lot on his plate, but his main concern is the hamburger.

On Sunday, Pichai promised to “drop everything” to fix the supposedly errant Google cheeseburger emoji, which places the cheese below the patty. He was responding to a tweet from the writer Thomas Baekdal, which prompted an ontological discussion about the nature of hamburgers and the proper order of its ingredients.

As anyone who has ever cooked a cheeseburger knows, you melt the cheese on the patty, not the bun. Hence, Google’s arrangement makes no sense—how would the cheese melt down the bun?

The conversation soon stretched beyond just Google’s interpretation of the hamburger. The stunning variation in hamburger emojis soon sparked debates about the appropriate portion of sesame seeds, the correct positioning of lettuce, and what ingredients a hamburger should even contain.

One user helpfully provided a diagram:

But we may not see a change any time soon. Pichai stipulated that he would fix it if the Internet could agree on the correct order—and when was the last time the Internet agreed about anything?