This just in from Britain’s space program

A meat and potato pie has been sent “into space” attached to a weather balloon.
The pioneering delicacy was launched from Roby Mill, Wigan, at about 11:30 GMT ahead of the World Pie Eating Championship next week.
The aim is to see if its journey up to 100,000ft (30km) changes the molecular structure of the pie making it quicker to eat.

Yes, quite:

Bill Kenyon of Ultimate Purveyors from St Helens, who were commissioned to make the pie, said: “This is the first step to enable mankind to consume pies with more elegance and comfort.
“Neither the sky, nor the pie, should be the limit.”
He added: “This pie will be tested to the extreme. It’s structural integrity will be tested against the potential rigours of being served by a grumpy pie lady from Wigan or being transported for delivery in a pie van that hits a pothole in Hindley.”
It is thought the pie will freeze on its ascent and will be cooked as it reaches “massive speeds” on re-entry.

There really is only one appropriate reaction to this stirring news, isn’t there? Makes you proud to be British.

Via Matt L

17 comments on “This just in from Britain’s space program

  1. Well, at the risk of being a spoil sport, not space, not science.

    This is a nice publicity stunt. But it is not a substitute for a actual space programme. How do they plan to recover said pie after “re-entry”?

  2. Whilst I might call it a Meat ‘n’ Potato pie, in this day and age it has to be labeled as a Potato and Meat pie as it is more potato than meat (I once had a meat’n’potato pie down south, it was mostly meat with only a bit of potato, WTF, it was horrible).
    Strangely you are allowed to label a Butter Pie a Butter Pie even though it is just a Meat’n’Potato Pie without any meat in it (catholics/fridays).

    SMFS, just follow the crowd of hungry northerners tracking it as it descends, the pie will never reach the ground.

  3. This story exemplifies the dreadful waste and inhumanity of free market capitalism: that pie could have been donated to a Food Bank! Why aren’t Paul Mason and Jezza denouncing this outrage?

  4. Theophrastus – “This story exemplifies the dreadful waste and inhumanity of free market capitalism”

    Not to mention all that helium was wasted. Helium is a non-renewable source (at least on a reasonable time scale) and now it has been wasted! Future generations will never get it back!

    Not that it should have been mined in the first place as it is nuclear waste. Only heart capitalists would take it out of the ground and dump it in the upper atmosphere.

  5. I suppose you could use GPS to aim it at a food bank on the way down. Hopefully it’ll warm up nicely and arrive just in time for someone to have it as takeaway.

    I’m assuming they fitted a parachute to the tray. Who wouldn’t?

  6. Yawn.

    In the past, anyone wanting to know what happened to a pie in a vacuum only needed to contemplate John Prescott.

  7. This was on the local news last night. They had the pie fitted with a tracking device and recovered it in a field in Yorkshire. Apparently one look was enough to convince the researchers that the pie was no longer edible even though it was still intact.

  8. While this was a tremendous waste of resources at least we’ve gotten rich enough that someone can afford to waste the resources.

    It was also effective advertising for Ultimate Purveyors from St Helens. While I won’t order a pie from space until they perfect the method at least I’ve heard of the business now.

    More important is who commissioned the pie in the first place. I have a bridge I need to sell and he/she has the qualities I’m looking for in a buyer.

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