Groundsman’s Burger Discovery: When a burger descended from space to land on the training ground at Colchester United on Thursday, groundsmen at the club were stumped as to its origin.
Was it a cryptic message from another solar system, or possibly a bizarre ploy from an opposing team to upset United’s preparations?
“I sent a burger into space using a weather balloon,” said Stanniland, who intended to eat it once it had safely returned to terra firma – wherever that may be.
“It had gone about 24 miles up and the weather balloon popped. It’s come back down, travelled over 100 miles and landed right here.”
A groundsman at Colchester found the burger, accompanied by a camera and parachute, at the club’s training ground, Florence Park.
Stanniland was able to determine its location thanks to a tracker he had installed in the box carrying the burger into the earth’s atmosphere.
After contacting the club to confirm its whereabouts, Stanniland travelled down from his home in Sheffield to retrieve the cosmic burger.
However, the effects of the journey into space had taken its toll on the meal.
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