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Driving Away Hunger

Students compete in edible car contest



    Driving Away Hunger

    by Bruce Felps

    Humans come up with some odd, interesting ways to entertain and engage themselves.

    Today’s edible car contest at Texas Woman’s University makes a fine example. Middle schools, or junior highs if you prefer, and high schools from across North Texas, along with TWU, assembled teams of four — at least two of whom were female — to build something that resembled a car from edible material.

    All materials used to construct the vehicle-like elements had to be something a human could eat without dying or, presumably, puking. According to information issued by TWU, entries into past competitions — and there have been 12 previous installments of the annual event — were made from beef jerky, hot dog buns, and rice paper.

    Oddly, my mother’s salmon croquettes — which could have been used to build an armored car — were not included on the list. Oh, right, the stuff had to be edible.

    Anyway, the rules also stipulate that the finished, um, thing, had to resemble a car and complete a downhill roll of about 10 feet along a 20-degree incline, and likely that’s where doughnuts or bagels came into the designs.

    The winning team from this morning’s contest received $750. And that will buy a lot of Pepto-Bismol, which could be used as oil and lube in this contest. (See a list of winners here)

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. If his aging car were food it’d be a shriveled Brussel sprout. Just one. It’s a small car.