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?
Although there’s nothing quite like a full, hot breakfast to get you going in the morning, there’s no denying that cold breakfast cereal makes getting a little fuel into your system easier than it might otherwise be. But have you ever wondered, as you upend a carton of two percent over your Cheerios, exactly why we pour milk over cereal in the first place?
You’re probably familiar with the little pits and indents on a potato’s surface we typically refer to as “eyes.” But have you ever wondered why potatoes have eyes—or why they’re even called eyes in the first place?
There’s nothing quite like a bright green Granny Smith apple; between its delightful color and slightly tart sweetness, the fruit is lauded as much for its appearance as it is for its taste. But have you ever wondered where the Granny Smith apple gets its name? Was there ever a real “Granny Smith,” or is the apple’s moniker just a catchy marketing phrase?