If there’s one way to get me to learn about something, it’s to incorporate food into the lesson. Especially cereal, because cereal is my Achilles heel.
Anyway, Michael Stevens of the YouTube channel Vsauce has tapped into our primal cereal-craving urges to teach us about linguistics! It’s a weird, weird journey that starts with Stevens asking if cereal is soup or salad, then saying that maybe it’s soup, but it’s not soup soup; or maybe it’s salad, but it’s not salad salad; then explaining that that linguistic phenomenon is called “reduplicating” and serves to define ideas that lie in fringe categories. He goes on a whole 8-minute shpiel, eventually doubling back to the whole cereal thing and then away from it again to express why language is awesome even though our whole linguistic system has been far, far outpaced by technology. Keep reading »
Kroger grocery stores had to pull boxes of Chad Ochocinco’s charity cereal off the shelves this week when customers made an unsavory discovery. The hotline number printed on each box was supposed to connect them to an operator at Feed the Children, but instead it connected them to eager phone sex operators. Oopsie! A very exciting breakfast for some customers indeed! Chad naturally was very apologetic about the mistake, which the charity has taken responsibility for. He still has every intention of feeding the children. [LA Times] Keep reading »
Blueberry Muffin Tops cereal has been around for a few years, but we just noticed it at the store and can’t believe a company would name a cereal after the fatty flesh that hangs out over the waistline of pants, especially since it doesn’t look like the tops of muffins. What’s next, Love Handles ice cream? Fortunately, having a term for excess baggage in its name doesn’t seem to have affected the cereal’s popularity. Google “blueberry muffin tops cereal” and you’ll find hoards of people rhapsodizing about their love for it. Ahem, here’s one example: “Blueberry Muffin Tops is Malt-O-Meal’s magnum opus … . The only real pitfall I can think of is it’s lack of availability, but like a diamond in the rough, you can’t keep a good thing hidden forever.” Hopefully, we won’t gorge ourselves so much that we increase the size of our own muffin top. Keep reading »