Today's Wonder of the World is...Popcorn!
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Yum. How I love popcorn. Are you a popcorn lover too? Does the smell of popping corn fill you with delight? Or does it make you want to step outside for some fresh air?
I could eat popcorn every day. In fact, I'd like a tub right now.
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That's not exactly what I meant. Though she does look kind of buttery in that yellow dress.
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There. That's better.
By the way, when we lived in France, all the popcorn we found was kettle corn. Not that I minded--I'm crazy about the sweet with the salty!
And did you know that the French don't eat inside movie theaters? (At least they didn't in the Clermont theaters when we were there. ) I figured it was because of their hair-brained idea that food shouldn't be eaten absentmindedly, or for the purpose of comforting oneself during an especially sad or suspenseful film.
No wonder they're so skinny.
(Nor did they eat or drink in the car, but that's another story.)
But back to popcorn tubs...
If you're going to bathe in popcorn, you should use popcorn soap.
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Yep. That's really soap!
You could threaten to wash a naughty child's mouth out, and he'd think he was getting a treat!
I wonder if that would clean that oily feeling on the roof of my mouth after I ate a whole tub with extra butter? Not that I would do that.
Halloween always makes me think of popcorn.
I have memories of my mom making popcorn balls to take to my class Halloween parties.
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Have you ever popped popcorn on the cob?
Flickr photo by rothfilm
Isn't that cool? Rothfilm says you can just put a cob of popcorn in a paper bag, place it in the microwave for 3 minutes, and presto! Fresh popcorn on the cob!
When I was a chemistry teacher, I used to yak on and on about popcorn all the time! It was a great way to teach about pressure and temperature.
No! Don't look away!
Chemistry is fun! Chemistry is freaky! At least the chemistry of popcorn is!
Popcorn is one of the most bizzaro snacks you could eat because of the reason it pops in the first place! Popcorn is different from other types of corn in that the kernels have extra oil and water inside, and the kernel wall is completely impermeable to water. When you heat it up beyond water's boiling point, the water within turns to superheated steam which softens up the dense starch inside as the pressure builds and builds! (Can you feel the suspense?)
Finally the pressure is too great, the kernel wall breaks wide open, the pressure drops, the steam expands, and the starch blows up into a delicious treat! And then you gobble down absentmindedly in a dark theater, completely ignoring the wonder of what you're eating.
Perhaps the French are right!
Sometimes the starch blows into amazing shapes that you could probably sell on ebay!
If you eat too much popcorn, you could be sorry.
You might just end up like this duck.
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I'm sorry, but that just doesn't look appetizing to me.
We used to have a hot air popper. It made it healthier, but I missed the oil.
Of course now we microwave it, but that has its own problems.
Don't microwave it too long at work, or your coworkers will start leaving you mean signs.
Flickr photo by Ray Radlein
No, not that one. Though popcorn incontinence is kind of funny. Unless you suffer from it, of course.
No, I meant one like this.
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If only she had Jiffy Pop! It makes better popcorn than a hot air duck, and she gets to snack on it with Ruth Buzzi! Isn't that Ruth in this old commercial?
She has a broom! (And that's the tooth!)
Have a wonder-full Tuesday, everyone! And share your popcorn love! Or hate!
This is a popcorn judgment-free zone!