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Old 06-22-2005, 12:06 PM   #1
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Giant Popsicle Melts, Floods NYC Park

Giant Popsicle Melts, Floods New York Park



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 treat of frozen Snapple juice melted faster than expected Tuesday, flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with kiwi-strawberry-flavored fluid that sent pedestrians scurrying for higher ground.

Firefighters closed off several streets and used hoses to wash away the sugary goo.

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 it was pulled fully upright by a construction crane. Authorities said they were worried the thing would collapse in the 80-degree, first-day-of-summer heat.

"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."

Snapple official Lauren Radcliffe said the company was unlikely to make a second attempt to break the record, set by a 21-foot pop in Holland in 1997.

The giant pop was supposed to have been able to withstand the heat for some time, and organizers weren't sure why it didn't. It had been made in Edison, N.J., and hauled to New York by freezer truck in the morning.
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I'm sorry but I couldn't help but laugh when I read this.
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Duh
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I love this story, saw it on the news this morning. Can you imagine running from a giant popsicle
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I read about this today, and I couldn't believe it! Talk about a failed publicity stunt...if I'd been part of the planning of this event, I'd be permanently !
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Did no one at Snapple realize that popsicles melt in 80 degrees?
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MMmm... Kiwi-strawberry popsicle.
I just wished I was there with a bottle at hand.
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Jeez, how stupid can people be?
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Jeez, how stupid can people be?
Be careful asking that question... you might get an answer.
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Did no one at Snapple realize that popsicles melt in 80 degrees?
Exactly!

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