YouTuber Sends Garlic Bread to 'Edge of Space' and Then Eats It

A screenshot taken from YouTuber Tom Scott's video titled "We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It." Tom Scott / YouTube

What happens to garlic bread when you send it to the edge of space?

While this is unlikely to be a question that anyone has pondered for long, British YouTuber Tom Scott deemed the topic worthy enough to test out the idea.

In the opening scene of a new YouTube film, Scott—who has more than one million subscribers on his channel—declares: "This is not going to be a normal video, we're sending garlic bread to the edge of space!"

To achieve this, Scott and his collaborators placed the garlic bread in a protective box attached to a weather balloon. The balloon was then released, floating 35 kilometers into the stratosphere—the second major layer of the Earth's atmosphere that extends to about 50 kilometers above the surface.

"Most standards organizations agree that space officially starts at the completely arbitrary Kármán line, 100 kilometers up," Scott said, adding that the balloon they were using would only reach about a third of the way there.

"We're not saying space, we're saying the edge of space," he said. "The atmosphere is so thin up there, about 1 percent of the pressure at ground level, that it's close enough."

When the balloon reached 35 kilometers up, it popped, causing the box to fall to Earth before a parachute was deployed, bringing the bread safely down to the surface.

The team on the ground tracked the balloon with GPS to determine where the garlic bread would land. When they found it, they tasted it, commenting that the middle was "icy" as a result of the stratosphere's cold temperatures.

At the time of writing, the video has amassed nearly 1.3 million views.

"This started as a conversation in a pub a few weeks ago and turned into one of the more ridiculous videos I've ever done," Scott wrote in the video's description. "We send home-made garlic bread skyward on a balloon; exposed it to the stratosphere, 35km up; successfully returned it to earth in a protective box; and then ate it. It tasted... cold. "