COMPLETELY OT: "Secret Life of Popcorn" on Food Network tonight

Bapopik at AOL.COM Bapopik at AOL.COM
Tue Jul 13 00:19:17 UTC 2004

Why are these shows so bad? Why is journalism so bad? I'll probably watch it
because it's so bad, but this is ridiculous. For those who don't know, Andy
Smith (where the "crackers" post was intended to be sent) wrote the book on
popcorn.  But who reads books? Can't the Food Network even steal anymore?

Barry Popik
(Who must note that, after this ridiculous "popcorn" show tonight, WHAT'S
HOT! WHAT'S COOL! at 10;30 p.m. features the equally ridiculous "naked sushi.")

The Secret Life Of
Episode SF1A05
    July 11, 2004 10:00 PM ET/PT
    July 12, 2004 2:00 AM ET/PT
    July 12, 2004 10:00 PM ET/PT
    July 13, 2004 2:00 AM ET/PT
    July 17, 2004 5:00 PM ET/PT
    July 18, 2004 4:00 PM ET/PT
    July 23, 2004 10:00 PM ET/PT
    July 24, 2004 2:00 AM ET/PT

Secret Life of Popcorn
When you think of the movies you think of popcorn. But its history can be
traced back hundreds of thousands of years to prehistoric cave dwellers. Popcorn
was present in 1620 at the first Thanksgiving, served as the basis for the
very first breakfast cereal and boomed as a cheap affordable snack during The
Great Depression.

From: ASmith1946 (asmith1946 at
Subject: Culinary Fakelore
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Date: 2001-03-14 11:46:29 PST
Another example is theassociation of popcorn with the Pilgrims at the "First
Thanksgiving" in 1621,when there is no evidence that popcorn was grown or
consumed in North America until the beginning of the nineteenth century.

C) Political correctness or historical revisionism stories: undocumented
attribution of foods to non-white males. African-American scientist
GeorgeWashington Carver is frequently credited with inventing peanut butter, eventhough he
made no such claim himself and peanut butter had been a commercialproduct for
twenty years before Carver became interested in peanuts.

Alternately, numerous sources have claimed that Native Americans introduced
popcorn to colonial Americans, yet no evidence has surfaced indicating
thatNative Americans possessed popcorn prior to the nineteenth century.

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