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Saturday, June 4th, 2005

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At least he's cool

From the ``perils of not having your advertising copy proofread by a native speaker'' department comes this notice posted on the side of an ice cream kiosk named Mini Melt:

No ice cream looks, and tastes like it!

The novelty here is the ice cream is sold in balls, little pea-sized globules which the posters say are cryogenically frozen so that water crystals don't form and give it the taste of freezer-burned ice cream. Specifically they say they use the ``coldest temperature known to mankind,'' some 187 degrees Celsius below zero. So, strike two on them, then.

Actually, ice cream in little spheres is rather appealing, as the mouth feel goes, and it makes particularly easy the blending, in a digital fashion, of discrete flavors. The flash freezing doesn't prevent it from tasting like over-frozen ice cream, though I wonder if the frost wasn't just the consequence of the freezer being opened and closed all day. It's not bad, though, and I would be at least intellectually interested in eating something that had ever been frozen to closer to absolute zero. I don't insist on the complete draining of entropy from the ice cream, mind you; I'd be fine with superfluid helium temperatures. Available in chocolate, vanilla, mint, and many, many more.

Trivia: Structural assembly for the crew module of the space shuttle Columbia began on 4 June 1974. Source: Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System, Dennis R Jenkins.

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