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This Twinkie May Be 40 Years Old But It Looks 20

In 1976, chemistry teacher Roger Bennatti of George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine, was lecturing on preservatives in food and shelf life when he decided to provide his students with an applicable life experiment. He had them purchase a Twinkie from the store, then placed it on top of the blackboard with the intentions of leaving it there until the end of the year.Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 12.15.27 PM

What started as a fun, interesting experiment has turned into the case study of a lifetime. The Twinkie was left atop the blackboard for that year, and every year to come after that. The aged pastry, now officially 40 years old, shows very few signs of deterioration other than a dry exterior and a bit of shrinkage. Libby Rosemeier, the current principal of the school, now holds the Twinkie in her office in a small glass display case.

According to ABC News, Rosemeier was happy to receive publicity for her tiny school, even if it was for a Twinkie and not academics or athletics.

“It’s really funny that we’re this wonderful coastal community in Maine, and we have this school of 325 kids that is a gem and we’re doing great things and kids are going to great colleges, and the thing people know about us is this 40-year-old Twinkie.”

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The best part? Not only was Principal Rosemeier previously a student at George Stevens Academy, but she was also one of the students in that class in 1976! Clearly Bennatti’s lecture had a lasting effect on her.

I guess the only thing to do now is wait and see who will outlast the other, Rosemeier or the Twinkie? My money is on the Twinkie.

 

 

Photo Credit: ABC News, Bangor Daily News, BroBible

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Hit-Or-Miss

Amazing Flowering Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit

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Welcome to the Garden of Eden, circa 2014.

Having grown up on a farm in Reading, Pa., New York artist Sam Van Aken has spent the past five years planting veritable Trees of Life all over the United States. Officially called Trees of 40 Fruit, these bountiful timbers are capable of growing forty different varieties of stone fruits including cherries, plums, apricots, and peaches, all on a single tree.

Working with the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Aken used a process called chip grafting to map the different fruits to different parts of the tree, depending on how they would bloom in relation to one another. According to Epicurious, each Tree of 40 Fruit looks normal through most of the year, but bloom in spring and summer to produce vibrantly pink-hued flowers and fruits.

So far, Aken has planted 16 Trees of 40 Fruit in public spaces like museums and community centers as well as private collections throughout the U.S. His ultimate goal is to plant a small orchard of them in an urban setting. Just watch out for snakes.

Picthx Epicurious

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Kettle Brand Chips: 40% Less Fat 40% Less Fun?

Back when Light Mayo came around, the world was up in arms. But then everyone realized it tasted pretty much the same, and we didn’t breath as hard going up a flight of stairs. Now Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips is putting out a 40% reduced fat product.

While it probably won’t taste the same as a bag with the full fat content, it’s pretty sure to taste just as close. There is, however, a 45-milligram increase in the sodium content as a trade off to the fat reduction. So I guess slimming down means raising blood pressure. A small sacrifice, but I guess a fair one in the name of health.

It’s worth trying at least one bag, don’t you think?

via: The Impulsive Buy