At 36 years old, this may be the world's oldest TwinkieS

While the world waits to hear the ultimate fate of Hostess and its flagship snack food, this solitary Twinkie sat quietly in its case, possibly mulling over its 36 years of unwrapped existence. Behold the miracle of chemical preservatives.

In 1976, Roger Bennatti, a science teacher at Maine's George Stevens Academy, asked his students how long he thought a Twinkie would last. He took a Twinkie left over from a students lunch and placed it on a shelf next to his desk. As it turned out, the Twinkie lasted longer at the school than Bennatti did; after the Twinkie turned 28, Bennatti retired. He placed the ancient Twinkie in a glass box and gifted it to one of his former students, then the school's dean of students.

In that time, the Twinkie has not acquired wrinkles, started to sag, or grown hair (or mold) in weird places. Of course, unless they find a soul brave enough to eat it, we'll never really know if the Twinkie passes the taste test of time.

Photo from George Stevens Academy spokesperson Liffey Thorpe for WCVB.

Golden Oldie: Maine 'Twinkie' stands test of time [WCVB via Treehugger]