Ever wonder just what goes into those cream-filled, bright yellow, completely unnatural cakes called Twinkies? Chris Gouge and Todd Stadler, two engineering students from Rice University, started The T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project, as in Tests With Inorganic Noxious Kakes In Extreme Situations, to distinguish the properties of that favorite American snack. Their website, www.twinkiesproject.com, chronicles the pair's seven experiments on Twinkies, which include resistivity, radiation, gravitational response, solubility, Turing, rapid oxidation, and maximum density.
These are legitimate tests, complete with a control Twinkie and lab report for each experiment. While the tests may seem bizarre, the suggestions for applications are surprisingly consistent with the results. To test resistivity in the Twinkie, the students applied a 110V standard ac household current to it, concluding that almost no current passes through. How does this affect you, you ask? Well, if you're looking for a static-free room, try lining it with Twinkies.
The site also includes information about the Twinkies used, as well as haikus written about them.