School Shows Off Twinkie They’ve Been Saving For 40 Years And The Scary Part Is How It Still Looks Edible

By 06.22.16

40 Year Old Twinkie

Back in 1976, then-chemistry teacher Roger Bennatti of the George Stevens Academy took a freshly unwrapped Twinkie and placed it on top of a chalkboard in his classroom so he and his students could see how long it would take to decompose.

Today, the same unwrapped Twinkie sits in a glass case on a shelf in the office of Libby Rosemeier, George Stevens Academy’s dean of students. She was one of Bennatti’s student there to witness the original unwrapping.

“We were studying the chemistry of food. We went next door to the [ Merrill & Hinckley] store, bought Twinkies and we gave them to Mr. Bennatti and [asked him], ‘How many chemicals do you think are in something like this?’” Rosemeier said. “He said, ‘Let’s find out and see how long it lasts.’ He opened the Twinkie package, ate one, and put the other one on top of the [chalkboard].”

It stayed in his classroom for the next 28 years.

Forty years later and the Twinkie looks pretty much the same and that’s scary as hell.

Rosemeier said the possibility of tasting the ancient snack often is joked about, but so far no one has dared — either because at this point it is a famous pop-culture artifact or because they are scared of what it might do to them.

Would you eat it?

[via Bangor Daily]


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