British cuisine generally gets a bad rap, especially from people who've never actually been here before. But it's not so inedible that we have to resort to firing it off into space to avoid eating it.
This week, a group of British scientists did just that. SentIntoSpace initiated the effort to send a pie where no pie has gone before. “We want to see if the altitude affects [the pie’s] molecular structure and so make it easier to swallow during the competition,” Tony Callaghan, one of the organisers, told Metro. But the fact that the pie was launched from a pub in Wigan raises suspicion that this was all just a drunken bet.
Strapping a meat and potato pie onto a weather balloon was also intended to promote the World Pie Eating Championship which takes place tomorrow. Bill Kenyon, who helped bake the pie, told the BBC, “This is the first step to enable mankind to consume pies with more elegance and comfort.”
So, how did it work out? The pie safely made it’s journey 150,000 feet into the stratosphere and landed back on Earth. A sheep is believed to have taken a bite. “The pie was essentially heated, frozen up in space then warmed up again, so the flavour is probably richer,” Callaghan said.
Great job science!
Take the full time-lapse journey with the pie in the video below: