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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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World’s Oldest Tea Discovered In 2,100-Year-Old Tombs

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Archaeologists discovered 2,100-year-old plant remains in ancient Chinese tombs that they believed to be tea. A new analysis reported by NPR confirms their suspicions, making this the world’s oldest evidence of the beverage. Proving how important tea has been in Chinese culture even this far back in time, one of the samples was found in the tomb of Jing Emperor Liu Qi, who died in 141 B.C.

That’s no surprise, because one of the tombs, the Han Yangling Mausoleum in Xi’an in western China, was built for the Jing Emperor Liu Qi, who died in 141 B.C. The other tomb is the slightly younger Gurgyam Cemetery (maybe A.D. 200) in Ngari district, western Tibet. In both, archeologists found remains of millets, rice and a kind of spinach. They also found tiny leaf buds that bore an uncanny resemblance to the finest tea. Tea does not grow in the area of the tombs, so the evidence shows not only that it was present and valued enough to be buried with important people, but also that it was being imported to Xi’an at least 141 years B.C., and westwards into Tibet by the second century.

While it can’t be determined whether the tea was used for brewing a beverage, James Benn, professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at McMaster University in Canada and author of the recent book Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History, stated that the tea was certainly consumed “in some form,” possibly for medicinal purposes.

Head over to NPR to read more about this ancient tea.

Feature image via FCartegnie.

Written by Ryan Kristobak, HistoryBuff

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This School District Got Caught Serving Six-Year-Old Meat

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Students of the Hawkins County school system in Tennessee were served expired meat in the cafeteria. How old was the meat? Reports say that the pork roast served to the students sat in the cafeteria freezers since 2009.

SIX YEARS.

The Hawkins County commissioner, Michael Herrel, received a photo last week of the six-year-old pork roast in question from a cafeteria cook. The cook worked at Joseph Rogers Primary School, which happened to be the only school in the county that didn’t serve the years-old pork to its students.

Another cook from Cherokee High School also spoke to Herrel, who also was a parent, and told him that the meat there went bad as well. However, the cook’s manager simply told him to cover it in gravy to mask the taste.

According to USDA rules, roast should be served between four to 12 months.

The school county will begin an inventory of all its meats as well as perform random inspections to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. So far there have been no reported illnesses from the pork.

Photo: WBay

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This is What a 14-Year-Old McDonald’s Hamburger Looks Like

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The famously indestructible Twinkie might have a competitor for the title of “most preservative-packed snack food.” This fourteen-year-old burger was first purchased by Utah resident David Whipple in 1999, who let the hamburger sit around for a month as part of an experiment in deterioration. When the classic burger failed to decompose, Whipple stuck it in his coat pocket and forgot about it . . . for two years.

(Check out the original receipt below.)

The coat containing the apparently immortal sandwich was packed into his closet, where it remained until Whipple’s wife dug it out and they were astonished to find his long-lost lunch good as new. The pickle that adorned the original burger had long since decomposed, but the rest of the burger — bun included — was completely intact and smelled like a fresh hamburger. Rather than throwing the burger into the bin, Whipple continued the experiment to this day in order to remind his grandchildren to eat healthy.

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We’re pretty against eating anything prepared the same year that Toy Story 2 came out, but then again, we’re also pretty against stashing hamburgers in our outwear for months or years at a time. Maybe McDonald’s and Whipple can just call it even on the embarrassment factor and agree to never speak of this again.

H/T + PicThx Daily Mail