Let’s just melt the moon

Plus, that's a big Twinkie.
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Junk Food Trivia:

Is the Twinkie Egon described in the movie Ghostbusters accurate?

Hint: That’s a big Twinkie.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

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The answer: No, it would have been about 50 tons.

The answer: No, it would have been about 50 tons

According to this fun Carl McTague (a math teacher at Boston College) blog page: “The dimensions of Egon’s hypothetical Twinkie seem inconsistent. A 600-pound Twinkie should only be about 6.4 feet long, while a 35-foot long Twinkie should weigh about 50 tons. [That’s a big Twinkie!] In general, an x-foot long Twinkie should weigh about 2.34 x3 pounds.”