Bentonville, AR - Supply chain specialists at Wal-Mart headquarters
announced today the retailer's new Radio Frequency Identification
(RFID) initiative has confirmed what the buying public has long suspected:
there is only one fruitcake in existence.
stumbled on this discovery by accident," said warehousing expert
Evan Rutherford of OmniOpticon Technologies. "I needed a doorstop
for my basement, and I did a quick query against Wal-Mart's inventory
for something suitable. And there it was with multiple entries in
the database transaction logs, plain as day --- serial number #54340912,
"Who would have thought that a dessert with such a promising
list of ingredients --- ample amounts of brandy and rum --- could
go so horribly, tragically wrong?" lamented Rutherford.
Most historians believe the origin of the fruitcake dates from the
ancient Roman Empire where military engineers first devised the dessert
as ammunition for their catapults and seige engines. In this century,
NASA engineers employed the fruitcake as ablative shielding for the
Apollo 11 crew capsule. The world's fruitcake supply was believed
to have been depleted as the shielding burned away during the capsule's
reentry, but the loathsome loaf resurfaced. It was found when the
wreckage of the Russian carbohydrate-powered submarine the Kursk
was salvaged from the bottom of the Barents Sea in October 2001.
Some alarmists in biotechnology circles have cited concerns about
the possibility of cloning the cake, an event which would unleash
an avalanche of awkward gift-giving blunder this holiday season.
Luckily, however, Wal-Mart's RFID finding confirms the Congressional
ban outlawing the unauthorized reproduction of unwieldy, excessively
spiced cakes is being rigorously adhered to by everyone with a token
amount of taste and decorum.
Pentagon officials could neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of
the single-fruitcake theory.
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