“SPACE SANDWICH!! YEAH!?!”
June 13, 2017 9:30 AM   Subscribe

A Chicken Sandwich Hitches a Balloon Ride to the Stratosphere [The New York Times] [Pepsi KFC Blue] “An Arizona company, World View Enterprises, plans to send tourists on balloons into the stratosphere, high enough to see the curves of Earth and the blackness of space. But its initial passenger will be a tangy fried chicken sandwich. The company said on Tuesday that the first flight of a fully equipped high-flying balloon would take off as soon as June 21, with a payload of fast food. Perhaps you’ve seen the KFC television commercial where Colonel Sanders, (played by the actor Rob Lowe), riffs on John F. Kennedy’s 1962 “We choose to go to the moon” speech.”
posted by Fizz (14 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Occasionally we get a neat, unintentional summation of the zeitgeist and a country's historical trajectory. This is one of those moments.
posted by ryanshepard at 9:37 AM on June 13 [3 favorites]






Send up some fries, and you've got yourself a Spudnik.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:26 AM on June 13 [6 favorites]


“Judge us not by the type of person we send into space but by the type of food.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke probably.
posted by Fizz at 10:32 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]


The caption, "A whimsical illustration of a Zinger chicken sandwich in space, part of the KFC advertising campaign." is very very good.
posted by ITheCosmos at 10:47 AM on June 13 [2 favorites]


It's a small beginning, but one day KFC in its entirety will be catapulted into the sun, and humanity will breathe a little easier.
posted by Segundus at 11:08 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]


From the eternal void of our kitchen to the formless nothing of space; KFC!™
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 11:09 AM on June 13


Once I attached some chicken wing bones to helium balloons and let them fly. But it didn't go very high. I wonder though, will the soggy fried chicken patty will get crispy again in the low density of the upper atmosphere?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:45 AM on June 13


I wonder though, will the soggy fried chicken patty will get crispy again in the low density of the upper atmosphere?

I volunteer to find out. I have no reservations and will gladly test out eating space-chicken.
posted by Fizz at 12:01 PM on June 13


I will eat space Popeyes but not space KFC. I have my space limits.

Space.
posted by Splunge at 12:21 PM on June 13


TIL Bell Aerospace is apparently a thing. I saw their logo in TFA and thought, strange, but once you start launching sandwiches, its a monkey house all the way down, why not a jar company too?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:43 PM on June 13


one day KFC in its entirety will be catapulted into the sun, and humanity will breathe a little easier.

...right up until all that greasy sodium-laden sunlight starts bombarding Earth. Sunbathers everywhere dying of cholesterol overdoses.
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:01 PM on June 13


TIL Bell [sic] Aerospace is apparently a thing. I saw their logo in TFA and thought, strange, but once you start launching sandwiches, its a monkey house all the way down, why not a jar company too?

Eh. Ball Aerospace is an aerospace company, hence the name, and Ball Corporation hasn't produced home canning products since 1993. Ball Aerospace was originally Ball Brothers Research, the research arm of Ball Corporation. And I'll tell you wut, IMHO Ball star trackers are way better than BF Goodrich (I guess they are UTC now) star trackers.
posted by Rob Rockets at 1:38 PM on June 13


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