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Oreo builds asteroid-proof bunker to protect its cookies and recipes

In October 2020, Oreo builds a concrete bunker in Svalbard, Norway, to protect their recipes in case of an asteroid impact. The vault also contains Oreos wrapped in Mylar and vials of milk powder.

One of the last lines of defense against the extinction of plant life on Earth has been the Svaldbard Global Seed Vault in Norway since 2008. Situated atop a mountain, the fortified facility contains more than a million seed samples, providing comfort in the knowledge that even in the event of a crop’s extinction, a last reserve will endure. This works well if you’re craving fruits, veggies, or anything else, but what if you’re craving cookies?

In light of this, Oreo acquired a piece of property next to the Svaldbard Global Seed Vault and build the Global Oreo bunker.

Oreo builds asteroid 1
Photo Credit: OREO

According to Oreo, the Global Oreo Vault is “really real,” despite being much smaller than its seed counterpart. This Oreo-focused facility, according to the cookie brand, is home to “the Oreo recipe and a large stockpile of cookies.”

In the unlikely event that chaos breaks out on Earth, rest assured that the world’s most popular cookies can always be found at these coordinates: 78° 08′ 58.1″ N, 16° 01′ 59.7″ E. The question of whether you can locate any milk is a completely different matter.

“As an added precaution, the Oreo packs are wrapped in mylar, which can withstand temperatures from -80 degrees to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and is impervious to chemical reactions, moisture and air, keeping the cookies fresh and protected for years to come,” said Oreo.

Although the idea of the vault is ridiculous and is supported by an even more ridiculous series of YouTube videos with actors playing Oreo executives, the company seems to have gone above and beyond in order to ensure that their cookies are safe.

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However, the entire scenario is predicated on a plausible, albeit remote, threat. Back in August, NASA Asteroid Watch’s official Twitter account announced that 2018VP1, a “very small” asteroid, had a 0.41 percent chance of entering Earth’s atmosphere during the first week of November.

Oreo apparently decided not to take any chances, even though NASA stated that this asteroid wouldn’t pose a threat because “it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size.” In any case, now that the vault is constructed, we shouldn’t need to worry about anything if a larger one ever goes into disrepair.

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