Not all scientific and mathematical investigation is used to find out new things. Sometimes it's used to test things everyone knows to be true, either to prove whether or not they are in fact true (such as Mythbusters) or to test out a procedure or theory. If a theory or process comes to a known conclusion, but does so independently of any previously known methods, then it stands on pretty solid grounds.
This may be why some folks with Wired and The Food Network teamed up to run a statistical analysis on things that make food better, and which ingredients did that work with the most number of foods.
At least, that's the reason I figure. Because anyone who doesn't know that bacon is in fact a "miracle food" that makes everything better is just hiding from the truth.