How to Butter a Sizzling Hot Ass Steak


Somewhat surprisingly, buttering your sizzling hot ass steak from the top or non-behind sides has been known to cause irreversible feelings of bleakness, even in outgoing people. Due to the unidirectional nature of steaks it can be difficult to discern where exactly to butter your hot ass steak to make it be “from behind.” Decades of study into the subjective nature of steak physiology has concluded that there’s no easy solution to this eerily troubling impasse. At one point (the late 80s) people actually placed compasses directly onto their hot ass steaks, thinking the steaks themselves, via iron content, would reveal the locations of their asses. Currently the literature’s best recommendation is to simply use your discretion/intuition. Studies have shown you will be correct 69.4% of the time.

Do not use a steak knife or—God forbid—a salad fork to butter your sizzling hot ass steak. If a soup spoon seems handy go ahead…but only if there’s no available butterknives on the table (do not ask waitstaff for a butterknife if one is not available: your hot ass steak won’t be sizzling when the butterknife arrives, if it arrives at all). It’s a little-known—but important, I believe—fact that the butterknife’s only intended function, according to its 1982 patent application, is “[to] moisten the behinds of sizzlingly hot ass steaks, increasing deliciousness in a dignified manner.”

Sizzling Hot Ass Steaks on the Grill

Surpassing others after they’ve begun can be acceptable, but do not ever be the first person to pick up your butterknife. Though this article is focused on enhancing pleasure in a meat-eating situation it should be assumed that your focus in life is still on humans, in part because you yourself are a human. Look at the humans at your table. What are they thinking? Do you feel anything for them? (If “no” you can actually go ahead and butter your steak, though theoretically doing so will “prime” you to also place [pleasure from food] above [pleasure from humans] in your philosophy of life when around people you like, and so ideally should still be avoided). Where are you? How did you get here? Finally, why is this your life? Rhetorically ask yourself these questions in a repetitive manner, allowing them to cause you to nervously smile or grin in a “shit-eating” manner, which people will perceive as friendliness, until at least one other person seems to have entered the process of buttering their steak. You may now butter your steak.

Buttering your sizzling hot ass steak “from behind” when alone will, depending on the level of detachment with which you perceive phenomenon, likely cause your reality to seem “darker” in a scarily humorless manner. You do not want memories of being alone in your room on a Friday night buttering a sizzlingly hot ass steak (unless you’re also going to either Tweet about it in an objective manner or, for purposes of conveying “quiet desperation” in an endearingly self-aware manner, include it in an autobiographical novel or short-story). When eating a hot ass steak alone simply bite butter from the stick, move steak into your mouth, chew with unfocused eyes.


“How to Butter a Sizzling Hot Ass Steak” Diagram
  1. Move butterknife ceiling-ward with writing hand, deviating from a straight-line by .4 – 6.1% to convey you’re not “being sarcastic.”
  2. Visually locate butter. Should be square-shaped, in most restaurants, at your income level (if butter seems to be already melting atop steak this article is not relevant to your current situation; continue reading, however, as your children may wed into lower income-brackets).
  3. Mentally construct 3D abstraction of concrete reality.
  4. Mentally construct 3D abstraction of butterknife.
  5. Move abstracted butterknife through abstracted concrete-reality, navigating around obstacles, until it touches abstracted butter.
  6. Replicate 5. in concrete reality.
  7. Enter butter with butterknife in vertically bisecting manner.
  8. Move butterknife in direction of bisected portion you want liquefied against your hot ass steak. Continue moving, at a consistently nonchalant speed (to convey sincerity and mastery), avoiding straight-lines by .4% to 6.1%, until butter touches what you’ve intuited as steak’s ass.
  9. Move butterknife in various directions, applying a mild steak-ward pressure, until butter liquefies.
  10. Repeat 2. – 9. until steak “seems buttered.”


Most people will not notice—or allow themselves to notice—your joke when 2 – 10+ hot ass steaks are sizzling audibly on the table. Some will force themselves to acknowledge what you’ve done, saying “nice” or “funny” in a slightly grim manner while smirking and looking away, thinking negative thoughts about you; later these people will resent you, to some degree, decreasing your future chances to butter sizzling hot ass steaks with them.

Earnest attempts at buttering lukewarm steaks will inevitably occur on the top, or “surface,” of the steak. Studies have repeatedly shown that liquefying pads of solidified cow’s milk using a 4″ x 8″ area that is near-room temperature will actually lower your self-esteem, increase your feelings of alienation within the universe, and recall previously forgotten or blocked-out bleak/frustrating aspects of your life. If your hot ass steak isn’t sizzling cut into it vertically, creating a little pocket; there, insert a small piece of butter so that it may calmly liquefy. This method, known vaguely derogatorily, in most circles, as The Butterhouse Incentive, is preferred by some for its cuteness and has recently been gaining popularity in certain demographics. TC mark

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  • christopher lynsey

    sexy hot ass post right here

  • Erik Stinson

    bitch ass tropes

  • cassandratroyan

    Go Tao, go!

  • sarahspy

    tao, you crazy

  • Leigh Alexander

    this is some sweet steak-ass shit

  • Timothy Willis Sanders

    consequences of misbuttering/malbuttering hot ass steak seem catastrophic. emailed to parents for use at weekly church “sizzler” dinners…

    thank you (lol)

  • brittany

    i'm hungry

  • elaine

    Where are you? How did you get here? Finally, why is this your life?


  • Luke

    monumental article

  • saramcgrath

    wtf is this

  • Brooke

    “Being vegan is moral, can make you live longer, can make your brain work harder and longer and more efficiently and therefore create more art. Eating meat supports factory farms. Factory farms cause severe pain to billions of animals, severe discomfort to hundreds of thousands of people who live nearby and breathe the toxic fumes, and long-term damage to areas around them and to areas around rivers that are near the factory farms.”

    “Therefore there's no way that I know of that a human being who is alive and conscious can unsarcastically defend him or herself from eating meat.”

    -Tao Lin

    feel nostalgic for quotes like that from tao.. the reason i started paying attention to the guy was because he seemed to have a unique and highly readable view on life and morals… he used to get me 'stoked on life'. miss u tao. i almost 'can't handle' the potentially sarcasm in this hot ass steak post.

    • Luke


      • Bronus Level

        Bros and Bro-okes: Tao Lin jumped the shark a long time ago. He surrounds himself with shitty writers to make his writing look better. I don't know why he does that. He shouldn't do that. He should be confident in his writing and not surround himself with so-shitty writers.

        Ah, well. Let's all keep watching our poor-old-Tao-bro as he tries so hard and fails so bad: he is so-so-so unfunny. Our poor Tao-bro. God damn what a poor bro, so poor this bro is, such a poor bro-Tao-bro. So sad for you Tao-bro. So sad. Bro: so sad for you Tao-bro.

    • Manam

      do what you do. don't look for a leader.

      • Tom ford

        lol you tell her to do what she wants but then tell her what not to do as well, she probably wanted to post that obviously

    • Jordancastroisthegoverner

      interesting… seems like 'vintage tao lin'

      tao moved on i guess (maybe), you should too (maybe)…

      • Eric

        feel like 'vintage tao lin' is the same 'tao lin' as 'haley joel osment in richard yates-tao lin' who is kind of a maniac

  • anonymous

    i mean, i guess

  • Jake Fournier

    best Thought Catalog article yet Tao. lol.

    • a polar bear

      no it isn't

  • Victoria Trott


    this is nice

  • Jordancastroisthepresident

    i liked reading this, good job

  • Beavis & Butthead

    I'm not sure this is about a steak. It seems to be about vagina, or an orgy. Not sure, but oddly enjoyable. Is the butterknife a condom or penis? And the rolls you may mistakenly butter, the butt? Is the non-sizzling steak similar to a cold muffin? Is the butter semen? You don't want to butter your muffin first. Or alone. You must erect your butter knife celing-ward! Hah, this is funny.

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  • jacob

    I saw the diagram and thought 'this is very reminiscent of a Tao Lin visual' and found that you wrote this article. it's good that you're remaining consistent with your visual aesthetics.

  • @_justvibing

    idk idk

  • Jtprius510

    this article brings back memories.

  • Eric

    'Buttering your sizzling hot ass steak “from behind” when alone will, depending on the level of detachment with which you perceive phenomenon, likely cause your reality to seem “darker” in a scarily humorless manner.'

    damn, seems accurate

  • stephen


    seems like a masterful performance in the field of buttery hot ass steak-based humor

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