Video Of The Week - Potato Chip Bags Double Up As Flotation Devices


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While most of us are just resigned to the fact that potato chip bags contain more air than snack, some South Korean college students decided it was time to show manufacturers that consumers were well aware of the fact, and were not too thrilled about it.

However, instead of staging a protest like most people would have done, they decided to demonstrate it, by binding together 160 unopened chip bags and creating a floatation device. After ensuring that is was safe, on September 28th, two of the students climbed aboard and rowed across the 0.80-mile width of the Han River in eastern Seoul. The only unfortunate part is that while the students took pictures of this fun excursion, the only video they recorded, was when they were testing the prototype. (first video)

Fortunately, they are not the first ones to demonstrate the buoyancy of chip bags. A group of U.S. adventurers did the same experiment in 2011, and recorded it from start to finish. Except in this case they did not paddle across a tame river, but went all out, on dangerous fast flowing rapids. However, these adventurers that appeared to be sponsored by the chip manufacturer, were not complaining about the sparsity of the snack. They were just showing off the super strength of the chip bags.

Whether the demonstrations will shame snack manufacturers into adding more food to the packets, remains to be seen. However, it does prove that chips are the perfect survival food - Not only do they keep us happy, but also, double up as flotation devices, if needed. The best part? They remain fresh and crunchy even after the soggiest of adventures!

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  • lolatheute
    lolatheuteMonday, June 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm
    Pretty cool I guess. But what if something happened and they whole thing popped? 😕 I also agree with people filling up bags with chips about less than half way! Is it really that hard to fill the whole thing up?? 😕😒
    • roxanne3
      roxanne3Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm
      That is so funny but I would not want to be out there on the river on that!!
      • animereina2021
        animereina2021Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:14 am
        Me neither, the only thing good about having a potato chip bag as a flotation device is that you won't be hungry for long...😆😋
      • animereina2021
        animereina2021Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 6:58 pm
        They REALLY need to put more chips in the little bags, because every time I get one from school, there is a little less than half of chips in the bag... I mean, come on! Why can't they just fill it almost all the way up???😕😕😕
        • helloThursday, April 4, 2019 at 7:33 am
          this is awesome and it can float!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome
          • ⓒⓤⓟⓒⓐⓚⓔ ⓢⓔⓐⓡⓒⓗ Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm
            I like potatoes
            • kinze
              kinzeMonday, April 23, 2018 at 2:14 pm
              the chips are cool.
              • lucasa
                lucasaTuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:17 am
                i want to go out on a potato chip bag boat
                • wwwowwwSunday, March 11, 2018 at 9:48 pm
                  • illuminatiTuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9:05 am
                    potato chips ar amazing
                    • illumantiTuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9:05 am
                      potato chips are AWSOME ALSO POTATE