There are two different groups of people in this world -- ones who love durian and ones who hate them with a passion.
There are no in-betweens.
The king of fruits is famed for its pungent odour that is so powerful that it is banned from hotels, elevators and airplanes, especially in this part of the world.
Despite the common hatred shared among those who absolutely despise even the sight of durian, we're constantly trying to invent new ways to spread the durian love across the world with hopes to convert anti-fans into fans.
But our neighbour Thailand plans to go the extra mile by sending durian all the way to space
and it's not exactly to get rid of it.
Oh, the thought of being trapped in space with durian...
According to BBC
, this is part of a Thai space research agency's project to produce traditional Thai food that is suitable for space travel
in the future and diversify the menu for astronauts
when they spend long periods of time in space.
The initial test of sending durian into the orbit will examine the fruit's durability
and see if the king of fruits can withstand zero-gravity conditions.
Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) will use dried and vacuum-sealed durian instead of fresh ones, so it won't stink up the spaceship.
The durian's epic trip is scheduled for July where the sealed durian packages will stay in space for five minutes before making its return to Earth.
Although Thailand has yet to launch humans to space, they are making sure to sort out the catering first.
The agency's spokesperson also said that if the project worked, they may bring other popular Thai dishes into space to test, like pad Thai or mango sticky rice.
So Malaysia, shall we be the first to send our nasi lemak