My brother and I decided to create a battle to determine who is the better sibling. Instead of a fight to the death we thought we’d have a gobstopper challenge. A gobstopper is a hard lolly also known as a jawbreaker that looks a bit like a ball made of plaster splattered with paint by abstract artists…edible paint and plaster of course. We chose gobstoppers because they’re way too hard to bite without risking serious dental damage which means it takes an extra long time to actually finish one. This way we can genuinely evaluate the components of strategy, technique and endurance.
When channeling all of your energy into consuming a gobstopper, innovation and creativity plays a key role. We found little things around the house that the gobstoppers could sit in, be eaten in, sleep in ect. We had to prepare and basically readjust our whole lifestyles to cater for the lil’ stoppers.
It’s definitely an achievement of some sort. I mean who can honestly say they have consumed an entire gobstopper? Some people like to climb mountains some people like to consume whole gobstoppers, tomatoes…tamatas
So we bought two mammoth gobstoppers, I’m talking 5cm diametre. We measured the giant things and made sure they were the same size. We wrote out a contract with a set of rules to abide by. It was then signed by both parties with a witness at hand. It read:
THE GOBSTOPPER CHALLENGE
1. The gobstopper is not to be taken into the shower with you.
2. You must not walk in the rain with the gobstopper exposed.
3. You can not take the gobstopper swimming.
3. If the gobstopper gets dirty, it is your own fault and must continue without washing.
4. Monthly measurements are mandatory.
5. No smashing the gobstopper into pieces. 6. If the Gobstopper comes into contact with water accidentally you must fill out a gobstopper incident report.
Whoever finishes the whole gobstopper first, can claim the title of ‘Best and Fairest Fredericks’. So who won?…
I ate it all, I lie. I barely scratched the surface. On the fourth day I binned it, my teeth hurt and I couldn’t sleep properly. Passers by were staring at me at the shops and I repeatedly had to tell friends the reason why the gobstopper had to come along too. My brother survived a few more days but bailed not long after.
The challenge was not completed and it was the gobstoppers who won this round. So the question still stands…who is the better Fredericks?