Earlier today my friend, a mathematician, gave me a white bag with this equation on it:


What on Earth is in the bag?

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    $\begingroup$ Am I missing something? :) Wheres the "equation" part of this equation? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ @PiotrPytlik, My friend has asked me to work out the other side of the equation! $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:39

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The answer is

The bag is full of bread.


HoVIS Ltd is a British company that produces flour and bread:
The inscription "SIΛ°H" is "HoVIS" upside down.

  • $\begingroup$ But if you put the bag upside down, the things will fall out. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 5:50

The bag is full of:

You were holding it upside down, it actually says "HOVIS"

  • $\begingroup$ I feel pretty dumb. $\endgroup$
    – Pogrindis
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:42
  • $\begingroup$ (apparently it's a british thing) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:43
  • $\begingroup$ @question_asker spoiler ? :} $\endgroup$
    – Pogrindis
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Pogrindis haha FINE $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ Ahhh semantics; so crucial, yet so unloved! $\endgroup$
    – Pogrindis
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 15:07

It's a bag of:

Hovis bread - the "equation" is the name (EDIT: just saw it in the supermarket and see the 'o' is lower case) "HoVIS" upside down and (EDIT: perhaps) scrunched up a little.


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