Sun. Dec 6th, 2020

Asteroid-proof vault set up to ensure future humans have milk and cookies

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The maker of popular American biscuit Oreos has gone to rather extreme lengths to protect their cookie – they've built an elaborate and apocalypse-proof vault.

Whether it’s an asteroid strike, climate change, or economic collapse, there’ s good chance the human race is in for a tough time over the coming century.

But whatever happens, we will still have milk and cookies.

The company behind Oreos, America’s favourite biscuit, says it has established a disaster-proof vault hidden in the permafrost of Svalbard, Norway.

The bunker, inspired by the Global Seed Vault which preserves seeds for every major food crop, has been built in a hurry due to the threat of asteroid 2018 VP1.

While the asteroid only has a 0.41% (1 in 240) chance of smashing into the Earth on November 2 this year, Oreo are taking no chances.

Oreo explained the reasoning behind the vault and it how plans to protect the iconic cookies on Twitter: “Each cookie pack is wrapped in protective Mylar which can keep our cookies safe from temperatures of -80°F to 300°F,” the company says.

The vault also contains a supply of milk, so survivors of any future catastrophe need only mix in a few scoops of snow to get instant milk and cookies.

Oreo has published the coordinates of the vault, 78°08'58.1"N, 16°01'59.7"E, not far from the Svalbard seed vault, but don’t rush there just yet.

The company has not released the numeric key code that opens the vault’s armoured door, so you could be standing in the cold for a long time trying to guess the combination.

Asteroid 2018 VP1 doesn’t represent a serious existential threat to humanity, or even to most biscuits.

The seven-foot rock would almost certainly disintegrate on entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, potentially rattling some windows and creating an impressive light show but almost certainly not ending any civilisations still operating in early November.

Most of its expected course across the Earth covers sparsely populated regions of the Pacific.

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