« Home | genius of the week » | hobo » | smooth operator » | solstice » | album of the week » | making ties » | introspection » | album of the week » | geniuses of the week » | under manhattan right now » 

6.22.2005 

oh..the humanity!


Giant Popsicle Melts, Floods NYC's Union Square

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. The 25-foot-tall, 17 1/2-ton popsicle treat of frozen Snapple unexpectedly quickly melted in the midday sun Tuesday, flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with pink fluid that sent pedestrians scurrying for higher ground.

Firefighters closed off several streets and used hoses to wash away the sugary goo as the 35,000-pound, Kiwi-Strawberry flavored pop gushed thousands of gallons of liquid.

The spilled slush was slippery; Several bicyclists slid to the ground after riding through puddles, the New York Post reported.

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 the ice-scraper was pulled fully upright by a construction crane.

Authorities said they were worried the 2 1/2-story pop would collapse.
"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."

Links to this post

Create a Link