Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Marshmallow Dilemma, part 2


The situation was dire, very very dire.  The marshmallow coated the small town was showing just how nasty marshmallow truly is.

At first the population tried to dig their way out.  The marshmallow stretched and rebounded, white rubber bands.  Then some young kid suggested using fire to toast their way out.  A good idea for a child, but marshmallow continued to burn past the yummy stage, and the town was barely saved from a raging wildfire by local firemen.

The rain did not solve the problems either. 

The top layers of the marshmallow became leathery, which seemed a “hurrah” moment.  Unfortunately, only children were able to walk across the top.

What about getting food to each home?  Children were dispatched pulling sleds across the tough layers, carrying basics to place on porches.   Boxes were appreciated by everyone, even cranky Old Man Hinkle who lived alone.

The military was called in, with their scientists who finally discovered that liquid nitrogen would freeze the marshmallow solid and could be chipped away.  


Toasted Marshmallows
Source: an interesting site
All residents were ordered to stay inside their houses, and cuddle close to the fireplace, with a crackling fire burning high.  The helicopters flew around and over the town repeating this message many times.

All townspeople stepped of onto the solidly frozen marshmallow and began chipping away at it with every sharp tool. 

Liquid nitrogen
This is a great site for experiments.
The military succeeded in clearing out the main thoroughfare and counting the citizens.  All were accounted for, except for Old Man Hinkle. 

Small, elvin Timmy climbed up the steeple to see if Hinkle could be seen anywhere.  The only evidence of Hinkle was some ski trails across the leathery top.  Old Man Hinkle was a wizened scrawny guy; the leathery marshmallow top allowed him to escape the marshmallow-cursed town.


A letter had been left behind on the kitchen table:  ”I’m outta here…Gone to ‘Vegas…”


P.S.  I neglected to back-link the original story which inspired this follow up story:

Go to:  Marshmallow is not just for cocoa  This may clear up any confusion about 'what the heck?'

17 comments:

  1. Maybe the military should look into marshmallow as an effective weapon of warfare. Kill your enemy with sticky sweetness lol.

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  2. And that will stay in Vegas. You said they couldn't eat their way out, huh? toasted marshmallow sounds mighty good to me. Throw a little cocoa on it. yummm

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    1. I could handle one cup with marshmallow, but that would be my limit.

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  3. lol that could be a movie of the week. Chipping away would take forever. I'd go to Vegas too.

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    1. My hubby said it reminded him of the old movie (IT maybe) where a glob slowly takes over a town, until a very young Steve McQueen lures it into the skating rink.

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  4. Nice story. Marshmallows are good on their own, but a story about them, now that is so much better. Thank you for sharing. I hope the townsmen can get out of their homes soon.

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    1. Once they start chopping the goo into pieces, I think that is possible.

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  5. Scary times, scary stuff. Now chocolate on the other hand...

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    1. There is a children's book titled "The Chocolate Touch". What if we merged the plots of both?

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  6. In Canada, you wouldn't need liquid nitrogen. Just a couple of cold nights would do the trick. We've had lots of them lately!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Oh, I am sure the Canadian winter nights would freeze everything solid.

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  7. Vegas doesn't sound like a bad plan after that

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    1. I use 'Vegas a lot in the Wednesday Word stories. It seems like a good escape.

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  8. Who knew soft, sweet marshmallow could be so troublesome?

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    1. What? You have never watched Ghost Busters? Great movie with a marshmallow monster.

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  9. Oh, I forgot about Mr Staypuft! But he didn't mallow a whole town, just a couple of blocks.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!