Sure, you’re probably aware that beef Wellington is named after the Duke of Wellington, or that the Arnold Palmer gets its name from the golfer also known as Arnold Palmer. But it turns out that there are more foods named after real people than you probably realize.
We usually think of floods as natural disasters—but not all of them, in fact, are. Some floods are disasters of another sort—and as these food floods throughout history demonstrate, the idea of a 15-foot wave bearing down upon you is all the more terrifying when it’s a wave not of water, but of molasses.
Sporks have been a fixture of school lunchrooms and fast-food restaurants seemingly forever—but if you’ve ever wondered who invented the spork, it turns out that the story is a lot more convoluted than it might seem.
Rice Krispies has been known for its famous catchphrase—and the three mascots named for this catchphrase—for almost as long as it’s been available (and given that the cereal is about a century old, that’s saying something). But have you ever wondered precisely why Rice Krispies snap, crackle, and pop? What is it about puffed rice that causes it to make such bizarre sounds when you add milk to it?
Gala, Granny Smith, Fuji… there are as many kinds of apples in the world with as many different flavor profiles as you could imagine—and then some. Indeed, they’re so prevalent that many of us grow up hearing the same thing about them repeated ad nauseum: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But where does the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” come from in the first place?