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Food Theory: How Long Could You SURVIVE Locked In A Grocery Store?

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I've seen the videos Creators posted about trying to live for 24 hours in a grocery store or places like Target. That got me thinking. How long COULD you survive in a grocery store? Whether you were locked in or it was your home base in a zombie apocalypse, how long would you be able to SURVIVE with that as your only source of sustenance? Today, I'm going to settle in and find out!
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  1. Miguel Robinson

    Miguel Robinson

    2 минутын өмнө

    little did you know but if you eat strawberries and poop, its likeley a strawberry bush will grow where you poooped

  2. TheAnimator Me1

    TheAnimator Me1

    14 минутын өмнө

    Food Theory Idea : How long can you survive in a mc donalds

  3. annemarie kennis

    annemarie kennis

    Цагийн өмнө

    1:29 now think of all the workers who have to put it away. I am one of those people, And we do it all before the store opens up again. And the amount of product is nuts. Then think about around crismistmas time or any holiday. So next time you decide you don't want somethin put it back ware you found it. Or we have to Deal with it wall Putin away the product. Thanks

  4. Miky Buds

    Miky Buds

    Цагийн өмнө

    You gotta subtract the days from the grocery store by taking away the coffee from the equation so it would be the same

  5. FreshKaiu


    2 цагийн өмнө

    Sad spench bob got me

  6. Alli Salmon

    Alli Salmon

    3 цагийн өмнө

    "Theorista" sent me lol

  7. T0X1K Meme

    T0X1K Meme

    3 цагийн өмнө

    Theory idea:how damaging are sodas and what is the difference to your body

  8. Ride the Gamer

    Ride the Gamer

    3 цагийн өмнө


  9. Spencer -

    Spencer -

    3 цагийн өмнө

    IS There A Way FoR Evan to Create salt over any of these decades in the Supermarket to help Salt up and flavorfy them Mushrooms?~?!?!?!

  10. Bec Williams

    Bec Williams

    3 цагийн өмнө

    What about an Asian supermarket?

  11. wrecked funtimefoxy

    wrecked funtimefoxy

    4 цагийн өмнө

    Matpat you can survive in Walmart with just a few seeds

  12. Catie Ramicone

    Catie Ramicone

    4 цагийн өмнө

    I love this theory, but you also left out hydroponics. You don’t need soil abs you can make your own nutrients using food waste and vitamins. All you would need it water and you can have a much more varied food source that just mushrooms and potatoes.

  13. SQXIRE


    4 цагийн өмнө

    commenting just to give u money...u put in the work

  14. Destiny Glenn

    Destiny Glenn

    5 цагийн өмнө

    I work at a medium sized super Wal-Mart. We always have at least 2 pallets of bottled water in the steel at all times

  15. Rachel Cox

    Rachel Cox

    5 цагийн өмнө

    I was playing hay day while watching this and I thought the video was playing over my game on a different. Device. I’m weird

  16. A gurl UwU

    A gurl UwU

    6 цагийн өмнө

    Before i watch the video I'm just saying what i think is that there's some food you cant cook or you cant wash so i think you cant last that long

  17. 0Erag0n


    6 цагийн өмнө

    i can go 2-3 days without eating and only eat once per day. so easy to expand this by 2times..

  18. Faitodeyo


    7 цагийн өмнө

    I guess you could say mushrooms don’t take mush-room to grow....

  19. Aliya Khan

    Aliya Khan

    7 цагийн өмнө

    Idea: Is it possible to eat only one food for you entire life

  20. Advil


    8 цагийн өмнө

    How would you be able to cook those farmed potatoes though? Raw potatoes are toxic

  21. Ryan Grant Zero

    Ryan Grant Zero

    9 цагийн өмнө

    The moment he said potatoe farming I thought of Matt Damon lol

  22. Aden Diaz

    Aden Diaz

    9 цагийн өмнө

    Food theory idea: are burger king impossible woppers really environmentally friendly?

  23. Boarbot 78

    Boarbot 78

    9 цагийн өмнө

    What happened to all the flour?

  24. Boarbot 78

    Boarbot 78

    9 цагийн өмнө

    Somethings off about how little corn starch there was...

  25. Boarbot 78

    Boarbot 78

    9 цагийн өмнө

    Why didn’t Evan plat seeds from the fruit and vegetables in his massive compost pile?

  26. emily cheetham

    emily cheetham

    9 цагийн өмнө

    OMG I couldn’t imagine how anyone could calculate the true stock age of a grocery store as from day to day the quantities of each product vary. One day 20% of the items could be completely out of stock the next day 9% but 7% of the other items re down to half or single item left of the shelves.

  27. CoolNerd lll

    CoolNerd lll

    10 цагийн өмнө

    MatPat, I just asked Evan if I could pitch this theory as a movie one day. Do I have permission to include the Theorista storyline, except maybe with a different name?

  28. h dog

    h dog

    10 цагийн өмнө

    If u would be living in a supermarket u wouldn't survive cause the building might mold or crumble and the dates on the food on the shelfs with mold there dates would go 4 times faster to bacteria

  29. max palenscar

    max palenscar

    10 цагийн өмнө

    Maybe technoblade WAS right when he did the potato war, he should have just done mushrooms though

  30. Popgirl B6

    Popgirl B6

    10 цагийн өмнө

    I already know the awnser, 1 seconed, I would have ate all of the sweets and food before you could say "WeLcOmE tOo GaMe ThEoRy"

  31. Bobby 170

    Bobby 170

    10 цагийн өмнө

    wait, why couldn't he use the seeds from the fruits and vegetables to regrow and have an endless amount of food.

  32. Angel On A Mission

    Angel On A Mission

    10 цагийн өмнө

    I'd plant everything plantable and use decomposing produce as compost and live forever :D

  33. Arran Booth

    Arran Booth

    10 цагийн өмнө

    I can't believe matpat used vine sound effects

  34. isurusoxyy


    10 цагийн өмнө

    alright who wants to be stuck in a grocery store with me

  35. assbalonkerful


    11 цагийн өмнө

    If there's an open window then surely you could escape the locked store..

  36. Matthew Welch

    Matthew Welch

    11 цагийн өмнө

    Could have pickled alot of food too

  37. Crystal Bloodsucker

    Crystal Bloodsucker

    12 цагийн өмнө

    I'm getting Monument 14 vibes, lol.

  38. MyJadedShadow


    12 цагийн өмнө

    Sounds like a premise to Fallout 5.

  39. James Hollingsworth

    James Hollingsworth

    12 цагийн өмнө

    And as the final drop of vodka drops onto his tongue, Evan welcomes death as if he were an old friend.

  40. Z


    12 цагийн өмнө

    *Casually texts my dad to tell him to start a mushroom farm in minecraft.*

  41. Penguin Cat

    Penguin Cat

    12 цагийн өмнө

    How long can u live on cheetos aka cow food with spice

  42. MaroonN


    13 цагийн өмнө

    vegans: guess i'll die

  43. PatrickPaul1203


    13 цагийн өмнө

    I live in an area that gets a blackout once every 2-4 years, most of the time they have generators and that could really help Evan

  44. Farhia Shirif

    Farhia Shirif

    13 цагийн өмнө

    A video about the law McDonald's.

  45. Prebuiltroom901


    13 цагийн өмнө

    Spin off idea: How does theorista survive the apocalypse survive during those years

  46. Lauren LF

    Lauren LF

    13 цагийн өмнө

    Food theory idea :how long can you go in your 🛌

  47. er ff

    er ff

    14 цагийн өмнө

    Spiderman heavy he have to be so I can swing

  48. A kid’s Discoveries

    A kid’s Discoveries

    16 цагийн өмнө

    Matpat how long would you survive in the us's safe where it has everything ready for an apocalpse just like the one in a mrbeast video

    • A kid’s Discoveries

      A kid’s Discoveries

      16 цагийн өмнө

      The US is what i mean

  49. Mineralwasser


    16 цагийн өмнө

    Someone should make this an actual movie

  50. بلبل عزعوزي

    بلبل عزعوزي

    16 цагийн өмнө

    This is giving me 3008 vibes

  51. Katelynn Roulo

    Katelynn Roulo

    17 цагийн өмнө

    Not to be rude and I know these theory's are opinion based and for fun, but this one is flawed. Your food logic is sounds very accurate and there's nothing flawed in that but, you didn't accountant for hygiene. Showering, washing, and keeping bacteria away from you is important to your survival. So, if this Evan is gonna survive for around 63 years, he'll need to find a way to keep diseases away.

  52. Spaceman.


    17 цагийн өмнө

    I dont know if you would do this but how about how many people died in all wars in history combined? make it saucy and throw in how much food war has cost humans and how much and what has been consumed.

  53. Doge Bio

    Doge Bio

    18 цагийн өмнө

    I literally just had an m and m commercial and it has him eating one of his kind

  54. Sheeja Mathai

    Sheeja Mathai

    19 цагийн өмнө

    FNF : gf x bf. Enan no one is his gf

  55. Caribou Goo

    Caribou Goo

    20 цагийн өмнө

    It's 2052. The end times are upon us. I've had to watch as all my loved ones are slaughtered around me. I'm running through the smoke and rubble looking for anywhere to hide from my imminent demise. A large shape begins to appear through the haze. Getting closer, I'm hit with a wave of relief as I see the local grocery store is still standing. Miraculously the store seems untouched and I seal the doors behind me. Wasting no time I frantically start smoking and curing meats, dehydrating vegetables, and preparing compost for my mushroom farm. No time to grieve the lost when there's meats to smoke. Society may be gone but I still have mushrooms to take care of

  56. Glam


    20 цагийн өмнө

    Guessing Evan is mid 20's, he would be late 80's by the time the food would theoretically run out. He could always die of natural causes before then

  57. Corbin Bratcher

    Corbin Bratcher

    20 цагийн өмнө

    what about the back room freezers?

  58. Kurt Angle

    Kurt Angle

    20 цагийн өмнө

    Bruh theorista died on impact of the virus....

  59. Sammy Graves

    Sammy Graves

    20 цагийн өмнө

    Honestly it's not worth it. Just become one with the zombie aliens.

  60. UhOh Subtitles

    UhOh Subtitles

    21 цагийн өмнө

    !gr8 episode .I watched twice because I wanted to show it to someone!

  61. FifaZ 75

    FifaZ 75

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Plot twist: Theorista was a mad scientist staging the invasion, and was the one to tell Evan to stay inside Stater Bros. as a rendezvous trying to find out the maximum length of time you can live inside a grocery store. Extra Plot Twist: Theorista was Matpat this whole time. Matpat in our current timeline was so unable, and tired trying to find out the exact maximum time before you would starve to death, so he resorted to creating a time machine called the "Epic" from his past research on a 10 year old video on time travel from the game "Chrono Trigger" To conclude his research in an alternate timeline, where then he can bring his studies back to our timeline to then make this video here. On this channel. Yes. Because Evan left a comment on Matpats channel, he has created a catastrophe in a whole other universe.

  62. JOSH2625


    Өдрийн өмнө


  63. Rayne Pires

    Rayne Pires

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Evan and Theorista. Name a better duo. I'll wait.

  64. Gio Martino

    Gio Martino

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Not long first few days "ok I finally got everything done it's all organized this will be easy this is enough for months maybe a year" nearly a week later "oh god what did I...its almost gone"

  65. AJ


    Өдрийн өмнө

    id probably die in a week

  66. gan fang

    gan fang

    Өдрийн өмнө

    yay minecraft lol

  67. PizzaMonsterr


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Food theory idea : What’s the minimum amount of food a person can survive on and be “healthy”?

  68. Taylor


    Өдрийн өмнө

    my grocery store has an entire shelf of a ton of different seeds so

  69. Jennifer Warringtin

    Jennifer Warringtin

    Өдрийн өмнө

    what about ramen?

  70. supersuper32 Harmo

    supersuper32 Harmo

    Өдрийн өмнө

    5:15 what about ices?

  71. ComputerDefeated


    Өдрийн өмнө

    eh I'll watch this video later, let me try this beforehand

  72. ComputerDefeated


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Oh my god I'm hungry

  73. Ruiqi He

    Ruiqi He

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Even after watching all these, my dumbass still doesn't remember all the procedures to survive that long.. Evan dang smart and resourceful with his survival info huh

  74. Cidni Ragland

    Cidni Ragland

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Ok yeah but what about water I doubt there’s 25+ years of water in there Matt pat

  75. pooploser 55

    pooploser 55

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I'd probably last a few hours before the cops show up and arrest me...

  76. Feagochi


    Өдрийн өмнө

    Most grocery store vegetables can be regrown if planted. If he used some for planting and some soil (a lot of grocery stores have soil) and compost helps makes them.

  77. bacon bit

    bacon bit

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I actually have daydreams about a scenario like this but with all the utilities still working and some way to get garbage out of the store so it doesn't end up filled with rotting food. Ideally this would take place at a Walmart so you would have just about any non food item you could possibly want but the regular grocery store would work too.

  78. The Misfit Owl

    The Misfit Owl

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Ha! Love the Bendy's instead of Wendy's and the Freddy Fazbear's instead of Chuck-E Cheese's. And a Nyan Cat! Cute!

  79. bacon bit

    bacon bit

    Өдрийн өмнө

    To all the people who didn't watch or understand the video or are just going by the title and say why didn't he break out or go out the open window it's because he isn't locked in and trapped in the scenario the video gave. He locked himself in on purpose to hide from the alien zombies. Why the zombies aren't noticing any smoke or smells or noise from that open window or going in it after him I don't know.

  80. DeckOfSpaids Gaming

    DeckOfSpaids Gaming

    Өдрийн өмнө

    ngl this kinda sounded like a math problem in the math text book around minute three

  81. bronyferien minuet

    bronyferien minuet

    Өдрийн өмнө

    wouldn't the most important things be like, weither the supermarket has a deep freeze, or if electicity is going to last forver? because then you could feeze all the meat

  82. Lewisgg123


    Өдрийн өмнө

    This video doesn’t work because he has based it all of people needing 2000cals a day what isn’t true. That’s the recommended not the needed. You can survive in a lot less

  83. The Misfit Owl

    The Misfit Owl

    Өдрийн өмнө

    I love this theory!!! I've said for years that if a Zombie Apocalypse happened I would make the grocery store my home! I even know how to can and preserve foods just for that reason! I have no complaints with this theory although I would sprinkle in a few extra details. Does the store have any backup generators and how long they would last? Could the sprinkler systems produce any type of drinkable water? (probably not but filtration would be nice) Does the store have a take-out section where you could buy cooked food? (Besides more food to store and actual cooking supplies, some industrial freezers that might deter pests.) And lastly, what about pests? What measures could be taken to deter rodents and creepy crawlies, or is it better to attract animals to hunt for food instead? Yeah I thought waaaaay too into this!

  84. Just An American Doggo

    Just An American Doggo

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Food theory idea: what would be the best place to go in an apocalypse type situation for food besides making it yourself.

  85. T K

    T K

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Hypothetical person looks like berleezy

  86. Joshua Thibert

    Joshua Thibert

    Өдрийн өмнө

    alternate message - you eat approximately a whole grocery store worth of calories when ur 63.3 years old

  87. Ryan H

    Ryan H

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Theory idea: how long can you survive on on the ISS was food brought from earth and food on the station.

  88. doylescordy


    Өдрийн өмнө

    I learned about some of those foods being edible for decades from Steve1989's videos (where he's had candy, cookies, peanut butter, etc from World War 2 rations that were still fine).

  89. Clarity Gold

    Clarity Gold

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Wait wouldn’t most grocery stores have potting soil and containers and stuff like that?

  90. NatureLuv


    Өдрийн өмнө

    are u counting the front of the grocery store only to like the storage room. to like the back. where your not supposed to go

  91. hoincko the neighbor

    hoincko the neighbor

    Өдрийн өмнө

    You are for getting however that you can't eat dry dog food as well trust me I've done it just don't go after the cat food that's stuffs nasty

  92. Liam Coughlin

    Liam Coughlin

    Өдрийн өмнө

    4:40 the mist was right there

  93. Etienne Chagnon

    Etienne Chagnon

    Өдрийн өмнө

    That's awesome i like that good jobs

  94. Gryphon


    Өдрийн өмнө

    if i had a steaming iron i could last til the food ran out so probably a year

  95. Angry Juice

    Angry Juice

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Honestly, I want to do this

  96. Living The Teenage Dream

    Living The Teenage Dream

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Well that’s if we take out his mental decline due to lack of human interaction. By 6 months most ppls social skills and mental would be obliterated.

  97. Zen Friend

    Zen Friend

    Өдрийн өмнө

    Step One: Make a compost out of the spoiled goods. Step 2) bury potatoes in the compost to make more potatoes. Step 3. Become potato person.

  98. Andrew Figueroa

    Andrew Figueroa

    Өдрийн өмнө

    He can reuse the cans and can the potato’s he grew for the past 63 years

  99. Andrew Figueroa

    Andrew Figueroa

    Өдрийн өмнө

    The Martian type beat