If you can't resist an Oreo, then you may want to skip this story. Oreo has created a doomsday vault to protect its special cookie, and Oreo lovers everywhere are probably wondering if they should head to Norway for a visit.
An election day asteroid
It all started with the announcement of an election day asteroid coming close to Earth on November 2nd. This led to cookie fan Olivia Gordon tweeting: "I wonder who will save the Oreos?" A real concern indeed!
I wonder who will save the oreos? https://t.co/6oC5ctLwfU— Olivia Gordon (@oliviagordn) October 3, 2020
It should be noted that NASA, as reported by CNET, is not at all worried about this asteroid. "Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approx. 6.5 feet (1.9 meters), and poses no threat to Earth! It currently has a 0.41% chance of entering our planet’s atmosphere, but if it did, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size," wrote the agency in a tweet.
This, however, did not stop Oreo from going full throttle into a mission to preserve their precious cookie recipe should an asteroid indeed wipe out humanity. The mission began on October 23rd and featured the creation of a doomsday vault in Norway to safely place the Oreo recipe along with some sample cookies out of harm's reach.
Creation of the Oreo doomsday vault
In eight videos posted to YouTube, Oreo uses several actors and one real astronomer to describe the creation of this doomsday vault. The building was inspired by the Global Seed Vault that preserves products we may actually need to rebuild our planet.
Despite it being mostly a PR stunt, the cookies were actually afforded some real protection against the elements. "As an added precaution, the Oreo packs are wrapped in mylar, which can withstand temperatures from -80 degrees to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (-62°C to 148°C) and is impervious to chemical reactions, moisture, and air, keeping the cookies fresh and protected for years to come," Oreo said in a statement acquired by CNET on Friday.
The YouTube videos on the doomsday vault are fun to watch as the experts seem to take themselves very seriously when on a rather absurd mission. However, when all is said and done, we are happy that one of the greatest cookies out there is set to be protected against any future threats.