16 July 2008
Other - Vehicles (Good)
She Found the Golden Ticket
Like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with space
by Carol Pinchefsky
In the book by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, our hero finds a golden ticket in a candy bar wrapper.

In reality, a French flight attended, Mathilde Epron, found a winning wrapper. In a garbage can.

Instead of winning a trip to the home of a mysterious chocolatier, Willie Wonka, Epron has won a grander prize: a trip to space on a Rocketplane XL, sponsored by Nestle.

According to an article on MSNBC.com, “Epron said she bought a chocolate bar at her local supermarket but initially threw the wrapper in the bin…. Two hours later, thinking back to the competition, she decided to try her luck and fished the wrapper out of the bin, only to find the winning code marked inside.”

Rocketplane XL may be ready for commercial flights as soon as 2010. But the spacecraft isn’t ready by 2011, Epron will be eligible for a consolation prize. Instead of a trip to space, she’ll have to sadly make due with 147,000 euros.
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Carol Pinchefsky 16 July 2008
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