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This is something that honestly wouldn’t have ever occurred to us, but is damn entertaining to watch: YouTuber Tom Scott got together with “Barry from My Virgin Kitchen and Steve from Random Aerospace” to send a loaf of garlic bread straight into space. Scott explains on his YouTube channel: “This started as a conversation in a pub a few weeks ago, and turned into one of the more ridiculous videos I’ve ever done. We send home-made garlic bread skyward on a balloon; exposed it to the stratosphere, 35km up; successfully returned it to earth in a protective box; and then ate it. It tasted… cold.”

Using a weather balloon, the men put half a loaf of garlic bread on top of a box headed for space, leaving the other half of the loaf of garlic bread for Earth. Thanks to a camera, we get to see the garlic bread’s amazing travels, nearly exiting the atmosphere completely before the balloon breaks and it plummets to Earth, as a special cover pops over to protect the bread in its crash-landing. Find out how the space bread tasted, besides cold, in this well-worth-watching video.


Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

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Most commonly accepted definition of space = 100 km. Though that is enough to get above more than 99% of the Earth’s atmosphere...