Nabisco has built an asteroid-proof vault in Norway. Why? To keep Oreos and it’s cookie recipe safe from a potential asteroid-based doomsday. This means that those who survive will still be able to look forward to enjoying the famous cookie—if you can make it to Norway.
Asteroid 2018VP1 crossed Earth’s orbit on 3 November. It didn’t even really come close to crashing our planet (it had a 0.41% chance) but Nabisco saw an opportunity ran with it—creating the Oreo vault in case the asteroid beat the odds.
The vault is located in the permafrost of Svalbard, Norway—where there is also a global seed vault. The Svalbard seed vault is where seeds are kept for humanity in case of an apocalypse.
“I received a call with a strange request from Oreo to build a vault that works just like the global seed vault. but instead of having two years to construct it, I had to finish it in 30 days,” said Markus Thorland, Project Manager for the two vaults.
The Oreo vault is currently keeping in Oreo cookies, powdered milk, and the top-secret Oreo cookie recipe. But how long will the cookies last? Well, apparently, Oreos in general will last for at least 2-3 weeks past their expiry date.
Keeping them in the original package also extends their shelf life. You can also add to the shelf life by storing them in a cool, dry and dark place—like in the Norwegian permafrost.
“As an added precaution, the Oreo packs are wrapped in mylar, which can withstand temperatures from -80 degrees to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and is impervious to chemical reactions, moisture and air, keeping the cookies fresh and protected for years to come,” said Oreo.
In case you’re reading this during an apocalypse, global coordinates are 78°08’58.1”N, 16°01’59.7″E. However, it might be hard to get there—even if you do live in Norway, as it’s not on the actual Norway mainland and more like an island nearer to the North Pole. Based on the latest census, there are 2,417 people on the island.