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Twinkie fun facts
Unusual and pop cultural facts about Twinkies:
In the 2009 movie “Zombieland,” Woody Harrelson's character has two goals: surviving a zombie apocalypse and finding some Twinkies. (His character, Tallahasee, is a Twinkie fan who knows they don't stay fresh forever.) According to www.omg-facts.com, though, Harrelson ate “special Twinkies” made of cornmeal — not real ones — because he is a vegan.
The 2012 movie “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” includes a funny take on the “Twinkies last forever” theme. “One demon decays everything he touches — wood and flesh rot, metal rusts and crumbles,” wrote Roger Moore of McLatchy/Tribune News. “Then he picks up a Twinkie, and ... nothing happens.”
Unless something changes, future generations of readers won't understand Stephen King's reference in “Under the Dome” (page 74): “The tar was littered with Devil Dogs, Ho Hos, Ring Dings, Twinkies and peanut butter crackers. A young man in a George Strait tee-shirt sat on a stump, eating one of the latter. He had a cell phone in hand.”
The “Twinkie defense” is a slang term for a legal maneuver in which lawyers try to mitigate a defendant's guilt by blaming what happened on an outside influence, such as environmental, allergic or food reactions. The term dates back to the 1979 murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and gay rights activist Harvey Milk. The lawyer for killer Dan White claimed his client was out of his mind from eating sugary foods.
Boston.com noted President Bill Clinton called the Twinkie an “object of enduring American symbolism” and deposited it in the National Millennium Time Capsule.
For comics readers of a certain age, Hostess is probably best-remembered for a seven-year series of ads in comic books from 1975-82 in which superheroes used sweet treats to defeat bank robberies, alien invasions and other mishaps. Heroes from both Marvel and DC Comics were featured, including Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the Hulk. See an archive of more than 200 Hostess ads online at Tomheroes.com.
In “Ghostbusters,” Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) likened the “normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area” to a Twinkie and then explained that the current levels of paranormal upset would be analogous to a Twinkie measuring 35 feet long and weighing approximately 600 pounds. Winston Zeddemore's (Ernie Hudson) response: “That's a big Twinkie.”
Reginald VelJohnson's Sgt. Al Powell binges on Twinkies before he is called to the aid of Bruce Willis' John McClane when a Christmas night hostage situation goes down in a Los Angeles skyscraper in the action movie “Die Hard.”
Weird Al Yankovic attempts to cheer up a pal by making him a Twinkie sandwich in the comedy “UHF.”
Contributing: Staff Writer Ken Raymond, Features Editor Matthew Price, Assistant Features Editor Lillie-Beth Brinkman and Staff Writer Brandy McDonnell