Tonight: Extreme Gingerbread House Making

Tis the season to be jolly: Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas music can be heard ringing through the halls, and it’s kind of snowing. And of course, geniuses are making gingerbread houses.

Today, November 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Barus and Holley, there will be a showdown of epic proportions. Behold, the Society for Women Engineers’ sixth annual Extreme Gingerbread House Competition. Along the lines of Top Chef, 22 teams (comprising of students and professors) will compete in the lifetime opportunity to be dubbed extreme gingerbread house making champions. What a title.

Each team will have one hour to build a gingerbread house. The house must fit fully on the tray. It must be larger than 216 cubic inches. It must be hollow. It should look nice, which is a given. And it should be designed to withstand earthquakes. Extreme.

Teams are allowed to bring any tools they want, but are advised to know how to use them before competing. Chemicals cannot be used this year, so I doubt there’ll be a flaming gingerbread house, but there’s bound to be some crazy contraptions. Once the hour is done, competitors will bring their houses to the panel of judges so they can be judged on their aesthetics. The second phase of judging is where the extreme part comes in. Each house will be put through an earthquake simulator, which will increase its intensity as time progresses. The last house standing is the winner.

So when you’re done with classes, have already eaten dinner, and it’s too early to go out, stop by Barus and Holley to check out the competition. There will be spilled icing, shattered graham crackers, and broken dreams. In the end, there can only be one victor. Who doesn’t love shit like this?

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