As my friend Rebecca Levey pointed out to me, Twinkies have played a critical role in scientific research. Take, for instance, the archive of Twinkie experiments performed at Rice University in 1995.
Indeed, a Google search of "Twinkie Science Experiements" yields near 1.5 million results!
One of the results leads back to a report from NPR's Science Desk. Recorded early in 2012, the post hints at Twinkies' demise (though not, apparently, in a vat of Mountain Dew). It seems that in the eyes of Millennials, the Twinkie is "an abstract object, a toy, even, to play or experiment with - not real food." As opposed to those of us who grew up eagerly chowing down on them at any time of day. (Yes, I ate Twinkies, Ho-Hos, Ding Dongs and Suzy Qs for breakfast.)
Here's another fun one: the Twinkie equivalent of Space Jump. This kid did his homework. And I'll let you search around to find your own scientific Twinkie gems. But first, one last video.
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