In 1971, a young hacker named John Draper discovered that the toy whistles found in Captain Crunch cereal boxes were capable of mimicking the tones used by phone companies, allowing him to make free phone calls. sites.psu.edu/thedeepweb/…
Mara Wilson in Matilda was embarrassed about dancing on her own during the cereal scene, so Danny DeVito made everyone in the studio dance with her when filming. youtube.com/watch?v=ftW2O…
Cheerios dollars are a variety of the 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar coin (only 5,500 minted) with boldy detailed tail feathers on the eagle on the reverse of the coin. They were randomly given as prizes in Cheerios cereal boxes. Today, they typically sell for $5,000-25,000 depending on their grade. thesprucecrafts.com/cheer…
In 19th-Century America, popcorn was eaten with milk and sweetener as a breakfast cereal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Cereal is named for cereal grains, which in turn are named for Ceres, Roman goddess of harvests and agriculture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
From cereal boxes to mailboxes, between 1993 and 2006 AOL sent over 1 billion CDs with their free trail software. vox.com/2015/5/12/8594049…
John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of Kellogg's Cereal, routinely administered half a pint of yogurt as an enema (placed it up his anus) because he believed it would clean out his system en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Many products that claim to include blueberries actual contain blueberry juice or imitations of blueberries. Imitation blue berries are often made of corn syrup and blue dye. Kellogg's justified the lack of blueberries in one of their cereals by defining "blueberry muffin" as a flavor. consumerreports.org/cro/m…
Kix cereal ran a promotion where they intentionally included the highly radioactive element polonium inside an enclosed toy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kix…
When Franken Berry cereal used to contain a pigment that caused kid's poops to turn pink. It was referred to as "Franken Berry Stool". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 1996, Chex cereal had an FPS game developed based on DOOM. wikipedia.org/wiki/Chex_Q…
"Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day" was actually a line created by Kelloggs to help sell their new cereal. daytwo.com/blog/nutrition…
The success of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its companion cartoon series led to the release of a breakfast cereal called Bill & Ted's Excellent Cereal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
There’s a cafe in east London called the Cereal Killer Cafe which is solely dedicated to selling cereals from across the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cer…
George Lucas approved of Mel Brooks’ Star Wars parody Spaceballs and signed off on a fair use agreement. The only condition was that no Spaceballs merchandise would be made to compete with Star Wars merchandise. This is why there’s never been any Spaceballs figures, cereal, or flamethrower. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
In 1930, Drs. Alan Brown, Fred Tisdall & Theo Drake of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children in Canada invented Pablum or baby cereal. Pablum was the "first ready-to-use vitamin & mineral enriched baby cereal" and was created to improve nutrition in pediatric patients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pab…
Charles Seaver was an executive at a food company and is credited with getting raisins into breakfast cereal. Aside from being a successful amateur golfer, he was the father of both Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver and of Raisin Bran. sfgate.com/sports/article…
One of the merchandising tie ins for the original Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure was a cereal with the tagline β€œA Most Awesome Breakfast Adventure” mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Malt-O-Meal (makers of those "off brand" cereals) are owned by Post making them effectively not off brand at all startribune.com/post-buys…
The inventor of the cereal Apple Jacks is currently a professor of biological engineering at MIT and invented the cereal as a summer intern mcardle.wisc.edu/william-…
Golden Crisp cereal is still called Sugar Crisp in Canada postconsumerbrands.ca/bra…
In 1955, Quaker Oats gave away free land deeds as part of a cereal promotion. Participants could mail in their cereal box to redeem a plot of land sized 1 inch x 1 inch in a gold-rush region of Canada. wikipedia.org/wiki/Klondi…
Today I learned about Product 19. A cereal that was made by Kellogg's as a competitor to General Mills' Total cereal, by providing 100% daily amounts of various minerals and vitamins. It existed from 1967-2016 and was named simply due to being the 19th version of that cereal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about Jericho, a city in Palestine with history all the way back to 10,000 BCE. It is known as the earliest settlement to have a defensive wall, 1.8 metres high, and the first tower, 8.5 metres high. The people domesticated wild cereals and pulses, hunted wild animals, held rituals and made art. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Breakfast being β€œthe most important meal of the day” originated in a 1944 marketing campaign launched by General Foods, the manufacturer of Grape Nuts, to sell more cereal. During the campaign, grocery stores and radio ads promoted the importance of breakfast. theatlantic.com/business/…
During the Great Depression, W.K. Kellogg structured his cereal plant to work four six-hour shifts instead of three eight-hour shifts, providing employment for more people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The "Cheerios effect" is an interesting fluid dynamics phenomenon that happens in cereal bowls. When there are just a few bits of cereal left floating on top of the milk, they tend to cluster together in the middle or around the edges of the bowl, rather than dispersing across the surface. phys.org/news/2019-12-che…
A woman tried to sue the Captain Crunch cereal company because she believed crunch berries were real fruit for 4 years before she found out they were just cereal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Cereal is so popular at Pixar that they even have a cereal bar with over a dozen types of cereal available. Workers eat cereal in the screening rooms, during meetings, and even at their desks. disneyfoodblog.com/2012/0…
β€œbreakfast is the most important meal of the day” was an ad slogan invented in the 19th century by Seventh Day Adventists James Caleb Jackson and John Harvey Kellogg to sell their newly invented breakfast cereal. daytwo.com/blog/nutrition…
Popcorn used to be eaten with milk and sugar as a kind of breakfast cereal during the 1800s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
In 2006, the Mythbusters tested the myth that cardboard used in cereal boxes are healthier than the sugary cereal itself. Two groups of mice were given either item and the box group ended up eating each other while both Mythbusters made remarks about it. The myth was promptly never shown on TV. lostmediawiki.com/Mythbus…
Today I learned about "one of the biggest companies you've never heard of". Acxiom gathers information on some 700 m people, with up to 1,500 data points per person, for ultra targeted marketing. Down to the list of people who buy particular brands of cereal in your local supermarket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acx…
Glenn Danzig (frontman for the bands Danzig and Misfts) is a poor homeowner. He tried selling his former house in Los Feliz for $1.2M as is, but it never sold. The outside was in serious disrepair, and the inside was littered with an assortment of toys, cereals, and other random things. consequenceofsound.net/20…
People in Ireland eat more breakfast cereal than any other country in the world, at 8kg per head. docsity.com/en/kelloggs-m…
After four years of eating Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries, a woman sued the distributor of Cap'n Crunch because she discovered that she was eating brightly-colored cereal balls, and that "Crunchberries" aren't a real fruit like she had thought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
The original pet food was a biscuit made of mystery meat. Brands that followed after made wet dog food of horse meat until WWII when cereal companies finally invented and perfected the process to make kibble that is still used today. thefarmersdog.com/digest/…
A nutrition professor lost 27 pounds off of a "Convencience Store" diet of Twinkies, Doritos, and sugary cereals in order to prove that weight loss relied on caloric intake, not nutrition. cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08…
The US Navy could not find anyone willing to build the Alvin Submersible, so General Mills Cereal Company was hired to create the sub instead whoi.edu/what-we-do/explo…
The popular Vine "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal" was created by Ryan McHenry. McHenry was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma cancer and passed after battling for a year. In a tribute to McHenry, actor Ryan Gosling created a Vine account and ate a bowl of cereal. youtube.com/watch?v=V2Xps…
Nintendo produced a cereal in 1988 called the Nintendo Cereal System which had two vertical bags, each containing a different cereal. One side was the "Super Mario Bros. Action Series" and the other was the "Zelda Adventure Series", consisting of fruity or berry flavored characters and items. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
General Mills cereal company removed the bee from boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios to raise awareness of declining bee populations time.com/4259416/honey-nu…
Today I learned of Genie, a "feral child", who until she was found at 13 spent her entire life strapped to a chair or bed in a room with blacked out windows. She was fed only baby cereal and was beat if she made any sounds. She was analysed for her teenage-hood and is still alive today in her early 60s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
An estimated 15 – 21% of bakers have Baker’s asthma, which they develop following sensitization to cereal grains like wheat, rye and yeast. Guidelines have been set to limit the amount of flour dust per cubic metre and bakers employ strategies to minimize their exposure to flour dust. theconversation.com/how-b…
At one time General Mills' monster cereals line represented five classic movie monsters including Fruity Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute as the werewolf. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Disney while making Coco tried to trademark the phrase "Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)", a Mexican holiday for a centuries old sacred tradition. A trademark that also included applications pertaining to toys, cereals and jewelry. articles.latimes.com/2013…
The cereal Golden Crisp has had several names including Happy Jax, Sugar Crisp, Super Sugar Crisp, Super Golden Crisp, before finally becoming Golden Crisp. A 70’s variation Super Orange Crisp contained almost 71% sugar. The current version still has one of the highest sugar contents on shelves. wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden…
The Beverly Hillbillies theme song once had extra verses to promote cereal and cigarettes metv.com/stories/the-beve…
Some breakfast cereals, like Wheaties, are fortified with enough iron that individual flakes can be lifted and carried using common magnets. snopes.com/wheaties-cerea…
John Harvey Kellogg (inventor of cereal) was editor of "Good Health" in 1917, which was first publication to claim that breakfast was the "most important meal of the day". huffpost.com/entry/breakf…

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