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(New Scientist)   US military creates indestructible sandwich.   (newscientist.com) divider line 103
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2002-04-10 05:13:40 PM
finally!
 
2002-04-10 05:13:53 PM
ummmmm... isn't that called cafeteria food??
 
2002-04-10 05:13:53 PM
Mmmmmm... humectants!
 
2002-04-10 05:14:10 PM
Capable of surviving airdrops, rough handling and extreme climates, and just about anything except a GI's jaws, the new "pocket" sandwich is designed to stay "fresh" for up to three years at 26 °C (about the temperature of a warm summer's day),

Sounds like the sandwiches you see in those vending machines. Of course those guys will eat anything.
 
2002-04-10 05:14:12 PM
Currently served in school cafeterias everywhere.
 
2002-04-10 05:14:24 PM
The pocket sandwiches won't see action until 2004


The teasers!
 
2002-04-10 05:14:24 PM
the new "pocket" sandwich is designed to stay "fresh" for up to three years at 26 °C (about the temperature of a warm summer's day), or for six months at 38 °C (just over body temperature).

Does that scare anyone else?
 
2002-04-10 05:14:56 PM
McDonalds was unavailable for comment.
 
2002-04-10 05:15:08 PM

Mmmmm.... indestructible sandwich.
 
2002-04-10 05:15:16 PM
Depends on what your definition of "fresh" is...

Or what your definition of "is" is...
 
2002-04-10 05:15:43 PM
too bad the boyz wont get porno mags with them sammiches
 
2002-04-10 05:16:13 PM
Scares the fark outta me, moocow...

"Soldiers who tried the pepperoni and barbecue-chicken pocket sandwiches have found them "acceptable".

"Acceptable"... ya gotta love that. So Acceptable meaning, most soldiers were able to overcome their gag reflex and gnaw corners off their six-month-old pizza pocket without actually having to knock themselves unconscious to do so?
 
2002-04-10 05:17:29 PM
I;m not sure if making our men and women in uniform eat things which may only dubiously be considered to be "food" doesn't constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
 
2002-04-10 05:18:04 PM

Soldiers need food that will last and is acceptable for them to eat ?




YOU'LL EAT THE ROTTED MEAT OFF THE CARCASS OF YOUR ENEMIES , AND LIKE IT , YOU MAGGOT !!!

 
2002-04-10 05:18:39 PM
Puny Afghanis! You are no match for our sandwich technology. Muahahaha.
 
2002-04-10 05:18:42 PM
"Christina Ricci unavailable for comment"
 
2002-04-10 05:18:45 PM
We used to get little loaves of bread in plastic bags - man were they good! Didn't last long enough to test shelf life.

Those soldiers in the pic are eating "T" rats, BTW.
 
2002-04-10 05:19:30 PM
Give the Army convenience store hot dogs. They're indestructable and last forever on those rolling heating element thingees.
 
2002-04-10 05:19:37 PM
I guess the stuff might be "acceptable" when compared with the classic "chili in the back of the refrigerator which might or might not have something growing out of it" located in many bachelor kitchens.

Still, it's a very subjective term.
 
2002-04-10 05:19:40 PM
Does the frequent use of quotes scare anyone else also?

"Fresh"
"Acceptable"
"Pocket"

As in "Sure it's 'Fresh' if your 'Acceptable' definition of 'Fresh' is something that's been in some sweaty soldier's 'pocket' for a couple years."
 
2002-04-10 05:19:41 PM
This reminds me of something I read about scientists trying to figure out to make a macaroni & cheese meal that will last as long as they want these sandwiches to last. I've tried a few MREs before... you know what some of them contain? FRUITCAKE! I have this theory that all the fruitcake in the world that nobody wants ends up in the MREs, and then the fruitcakes are pawned off on unsuspective citizens in third-world countries like Afghanistan....
 
2002-04-10 05:19:48 PM
What exactly do humectants do to the human innards?
Is this food acceptable for the Taliban prisoners in Cuba?
 
2002-04-10 05:20:09 PM
Did they make it with a $4,000 knife, and a $24,000 cutting board, a place it in a paperbag that cost $12,500???? Just remembering the days of $1500 toilet seats, cost overruns, and increased military spending...ahhh the good ole' days when a Republican was in the White House....
 
2002-04-10 05:20:25 PM
You may think the indestructible sandwhiches are stupid until you try and stomach an MRE. Between the peanut butter, the cheese, the granola bar and the grease you won't shiat for a weeks.
 
2002-04-10 05:21:06 PM
I wonder if it was the same people who are responsible for the Twinkie....
 
2002-04-10 05:21:16 PM
Soldiers who tried the pepperoni and barbecue-chicken pocket sandwiches have found them "acceptable".

I bet they taste like rubber coated crap.

Useful to keep a stack by the mags next to your golden crapper, eating while on the move or eating while having a movement it's all the same to me.
 
2002-04-10 05:22:22 PM
whoops. Pardon my crazy grammar. I mean, unsuspecting, not unsuspective.
 
2002-04-10 05:22:46 PM
Could someone please tell me what a "cream filled bagel" is? And how it could be either acceptable or edible?

Help?
 
2002-04-10 05:23:10 PM
I thought MRE stood for Meals Rejected by Ethiopians!!!! Bring back the C-rations.......
 
2002-04-10 05:23:56 PM
Indestructible Sandwich would be a great name for a band!
 
2002-04-10 05:24:02 PM
This made me sad.

I started thinking of 'News Radio' where Bill is obsessed with the stale, plastic, leathery sandwiches from a vending machine.

That made me remember that Phil Hartman is dead.

I miss Phil. I hope everyone thinks of him whenever they bite into one of these sandwiches.
 
2002-04-10 05:24:14 PM
I once talked to the daughter of a French army lieutnant who went in Kosovo, once. She told me that meals for the French rations are designed by some of the best French chefs. And that, at the time, the current exchange was 7 American military ration for one French military ration.

That's at least one thing this army is good at. And any army that gives red wine as part of everyday's meal cannot be that bad.
 
2002-04-10 05:26:52 PM
There is a reason for that: it helps weaken their arms while mildly drunk, thus making it easier to drop their weapon and surrender.
 
2002-04-10 05:27:14 PM
Mmmmmmm... "soylent khaki"
 
2002-04-10 05:27:30 PM
Can I volunteer for the French military? "I'd like a nice bordeaux, please"
 
2002-04-10 05:27:46 PM
R.I.P. Phil Hartman

 
2002-04-10 05:28:50 PM
They don't mention throwing in that convienient, condiment-sized packet of vasline when this sandwitch wants outta your system.
 
2002-04-10 05:29:16 PM
Take that Taliban! Indestructable sandwiches! Another milestone in the war against terrorism! BTW, Indestructible Sandwich is definitely a good name for a band! Anyone here tried an MRE? I had a teriyaki and rice one and it wasn't too bad. The coolest part is that the meal cooks itself! Yeah yeah!
 
2002-04-10 05:30:41 PM
Nazzerov
There is a reason for that: it helps weaken their arms while mildly drunk, thus making it easier to drop their weapon and surrender.

Yeah, but at lest, they'll surrender well nourrished.

On an other, I've heard so many bad shiat about US military rations. Must not be that hard to provide decent food, is it?

Any former or current US soldiers could give us their opinion about military food, especially the one they bring on the theaters of operation?
 
2002-04-10 05:32:06 PM
Zumba!
Can I volunteer for the French military? "I'd like a nice bordeaux, please"

You could apply for the Foreign Legion. On the other hand, I am not sure it would be worth the trouble.
 
2002-04-10 05:32:09 PM
Frunch, does the teriaki and rice one have the fruitcake in it? I haven't tried that one before.
 
2002-04-10 05:32:18 PM
mmm, open faced club sand wedge...
 
2002-04-10 05:33:45 PM
Indestructible, eh?

How do you eat it?
 
2002-04-10 05:34:24 PM
Sounds like something you would get at Denny's around 2am.
 
2002-04-10 05:34:46 PM
Oompaloompa
We used to get little loaves of bread in plastic bags - man were they good! Didn't last long enough to test shelf life.

Those soldiers in the pic are eating "T" rats, BTW.


Oomp:

I don't care what kinda rats they are eating. But if they are eating rats right now I can understand why they found the indestructable sandwiches, acceptable.
 
2002-04-10 05:35:21 PM
good god man! this is seriously sketchy - can you imagine eating these things day in and day out for, say... a week, or a year!? my guess is that your body's digestive system would be worn down and would surrender rapidly...
 
2002-04-10 05:35:40 PM
les legionnaires? hmm, not a bad idea... I speak French (with a cute american accent, or so I am told).
 
2002-04-10 05:43:37 PM
dare I? yes...France Surrenders.
 
2002-04-10 05:43:49 PM
The vending machine at work has fish sandwiches.

Would you eat a fish sandwich from a vending machine?
 
2002-04-10 05:47:28 PM
This does not bode well for palatibility:

"The water activity of the different sandwich components needs to complement each other," explains Michelle Richardson, project officer at the US Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts. "If the water activity of the meat is too high you might get soggy bread."
 
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