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Food History

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What Happened To Jell-O Pudding Pops?

During the 1980s, Jello pudding pops were featured freezer treats in millions of American homes. Fudgsicles never really had anything on them. Even in into the 1990s, Jello pudding pops were still going strong. And then, poof, they're gone.

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Food Science

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Is it OK to Eat Expired Canned Foods? How Long Do They Last?

There are countless shelf stable foods in your pantry. Some of them sit there for years. Maybe you have a can of vegetables in your cabinet that has been there for years. On the bottom is an expiration date. It's expired! Does this mean it is unsafe to eat it?

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Food History

old-jello-pop-ad.jpg

What Happened To Jell-O Pudding Pops?

During the 1980s, Jello pudding pops were featured freezer treats in millions of American homes. Fudgsicles never really had anything on them. Even in into the 1990s, Jello pudding pops were still going strong. And then, poof, they're gone.

Read on...

Food Science

canned-food-expiration-date.jpg

Is it OK to Eat Expired Canned Foods? How Long Do They Last?

There are countless shelf stable foods in your pantry. Some of them sit there for years. Maybe you have a can of vegetables in your cabinet that has been there for years. On the bottom is an expiration date. It's expired! Does this mean it is unsafe to eat it?

Read on...

The Latest Lore

The Secret Jewish Food Tax

22 Apr 2013 19:41

The Jewish secret tax on food is an urban legend claiming that a special tax is attached to kosher Jewish foods and that this tax is paid by non-Jewish consumers. This absolutely absurd rumor is a favorite of anti-Semitic organizations and involves certain symbols associated with Jewish prepared foods which are sometimes found on labels….

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KKK Contaminated Food Legends

19 Apr 2013 21:05

It is not uncommon for political and social groups to be the focus of urban legends. The more negative the organization's goals the more likely they will be associated with diabolical conspiracies. There is an entire urban legend genre involving rumored ties between racist organizations and companies that cater or market to the black community. The longstanding white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, is associated with two conspiracies concerning food or beverage products….

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What is the StarLink Corn Controversy and How Was Taco Bell Associated?

18 Apr 2013 14:26

Starlink Corn is the brand name for Bt corn, a genetically modified yellow corn developed by Aventis Crop Science of the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. The corn contains a gene that codes for a pesticide called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). This pesticide is used on crops of organic farmers. However, the modified corn has only been approved for use in animal feeds and nonfood industrial purposes, and not human foods….

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Are Earthworms Edible?

22 Mar 2013 20:39

When I was a little boy, I read a funny children's book called How to Eat Fried Worms. This book was made into a movie in 2006. Billy, the main character, makes a bet that he can eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms get cooked up in all sorts of interesting ways and as it becomes certain that Billy will win the bet the boys he placed the bet with try to make the challenge harder and harder. But, as a parent, you'd ask: Is this safe? Can people eat worms? Billy's parents asked the doctor, and then took it in stride, even helping him….

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Over-pronouncing Borrowed Foreign Words like Taco Does Not Make You Sound Smart

21 Mar 2013 15:03

Have you ever seen the Saturday Night Live skit with Jimmy Smitz where TV news anchors annoyingly over-pronounce Spanish words like enchilada and Sans Salvador? You ever heard someone ordering Mexican food and trying to sound Mexican or Spanish, even though most all of the words are commonly used English words as well as Mexican of Spanish origin?…

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