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Last Updated: Wednesday June 22 2005 14:45 GMT

Meltdown for ice pop record bid

A man licks the ice pop
A company's hopes of breaking the record for the world's biggest ice pop have melted away in New York city.

The plan was to put up the kiwi and strawberry-flavoured treat - measuring 25ft tall - in the city's Union Square.

But, despite the company's best efforts, the giant popsicle wouldn't stand up - which it had to do if the record was to be broken.

Soaring temperatures then led to it melting on to the city streets, and it was hastily loaded back on to a lorry.

Fire crews were called in to clear up the gooey mess left by the melted ice pop.

Plenty of people gathered to watch the commotion, including kids who tucked into free samples from Snapple - the company behind the bid.

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