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RedsIn07
06-22-2005, 10:43 PM
Disaster on a stick
Snapple’s attempt at popsicle world record turns into gooey fiasco

Bryan Smith / Zuma Press
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Runoff from the melting strawberry kiwi ice pop pours out the back of a truck Tuesday in Union Square in Manhattan.

The Associated Press
Updated: 5:25 p.m. ET June 22, 2005

NEW YORK - An attempt to erect the world’s largest popsicle in a city square ended with a scene straight out of a disaster film — but much stickier.

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The 25-foot-tall, 17½-ton treat of frozen Snapple juice melted faster than expected Tuesday, flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with kiwi-strawberry-flavored fluid that sent pedestrians scurrying for higher ground.

Firefighters closed off several streets and used hoses to wash away the sugary goo.

Snapple had been trying to promote a new line of frozen treats by setting a record for the world’s largest popsicle, but called off the stunt before it was pulled fully upright by a construction crane. Authorities said they were worried the thing would collapse in the 80-degree, first-day-of-summer heat.

“What was unsettling was that the fluid just kept coming,” Stuart Claxton of the Guinness Book of World Records told the Daily News. “It was quite a lot of fluid. On a hot day like this, you have to move fast.”

Snapple official Lauren Radcliffe said the company was unlikely to make a second attempt to break the record, set by a 21-foot ice pop in Holland in 1997.

The giant ice pop was supposed to have been able to withstand the heat for some time, and organizers weren’t sure why it didn’t. It had been made in Edison, N.J., and hauled to New York by freezer truck in the morning.

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KronoRed
06-22-2005, 11:09 PM
Waste of a good Popsicle

Unassisted
06-22-2005, 11:35 PM
Reading this, I think about how much "fun" it is to wipe up a small Snapple or popsicle spill after it sits for a couple of hours. Then, I thank my lucky stars that i'm not one of the people who had to clean up this one. :D

RedFanAlways1966
06-23-2005, 07:46 AM
Yep, real smart to do this on the first day of summer. But it was SUPPOSED to withstand the heat longer. D'oh!

I don't understand the fascination w/ setting "semi-stupid" world records. Largest popsicle? Please! I think Snapple deserves the world record, however, for dumbest attempt to break a world record. I'll give 'em that. :devil:

zombie-a-go-go
06-23-2005, 08:26 AM
I think Snapple deserves the world record, however, for dumbest attempt to break a world record. I'll give 'em that. :devil:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

RFS62
06-23-2005, 08:45 AM
I love the headline. "A gooey fiasco"

Kinda reminds me of our front office.

Come to think of it, that might be a good name for a band.

The gooey fiascos

Roy Tucker
06-23-2005, 08:51 AM
Whoops. I don't think this was the kind of PR that Snapple was looking for.

Gooey Fiascos does have a certain ring to it RFS. Right up there with Strawberry Alarm Clock.

macro
06-23-2005, 10:51 AM
How much paper towel is it going to take to clean this up?