Potato Chip Boat Proves There's Far Too Much Air In Your Bag of Snacks

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We all know the frustration of tearing open a huge, tantalizing bag of chips or nachos or Funyons or whatever and realizing the bag's 2/3rds air. Two South Korean college students just proved how empty our snack vessels are, by paddling a raft made of unopened potato chip bags across a river.

As our Kotaku colleagues first reported, the students lashed together 160 unopened bags of chips to make a floating chip-boat just big enough to carry both of them. They were able to successfully navigate their vessel across the 0.8-mile width of the Han river in eastern Seoul, a testament to their boat-building prowess—and the relative emptiness of the snack bags they used.

Of course, the amount of air inside a bag of snackies serves a purpose, providing some cushion space to prevent the wanton shattering of brittle chips into depressing snack-shards. But you can't help feeling cheated when that face-sized bag of Stankin' Hot Chipritos ends up delivering a mere fist-sized lump of crunchables.


Hey, if nothing else, now we can seriously refer to fat-laden chip bags as "survival food." In case of emergency, they double as floatation devices! [Korea Realtime]

Images: Yonhap News Agency

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It's not only a protective cushion, the inside is pure nitrogen, which keeps the chips crispy and prevents them from going stale in the bag.