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Graham Crackers

Yes, mcamason, this is mostly for you.

I recently learned a startling fact about Graham Crackers. Well, two facts, actually. One was that the McVitties Digestives were in fact graham crackers and that when invented they were thought to aid in digestion. Among other things.

So I've finished the Know-it-All proper but am reading the index as a kind of review (if I can't remember what he said about that topic I'm flipping back and skimming). I discovered some very important things. One, I need to make this a habit for all books, it's really helpful. Two, his index is hysterical! Good grief! It's a national bestseller (weekly sales of approx 3000, interesting article What's with all the "national best sellers") so I hope those thousands of people also bothered to read the index. Finally, "graham crackers" was in the index.

I didn't remember that being in there! Was the startling fact I learned in there and I had forgotten?? No. But it made me appreciate the entry a bit more...

graham crackers Another in the thousands of forgotten controversies: Sylvester Graham, inventor of the graham cracker, was an eccentric health guru of his day who preached the virtues of hard mattresses, cold showers, and homemade bread. That last one got him attacked by a mob of outraged bakers.

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magnet5
Dec. 31st, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
Like most 19th-century health authorities, he was also anti-masturbation.
soberchef
Jan. 1st, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
They were indeed invented to help keep people from masturbating!! I learned this interesting fact in culinary school... although I believe Chef Babbitt referred to it as "doing the business with yourself".

She also referred to any time spent in jail as "government work", which I also found amusing

I love useless knowledge :)
mcamason
Jan. 1st, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
*maniacal giggling*

I'm so glad that I wasn't spreading BS. It happens sometimes, when I get bad data: GIGO, after all. *embarassed about the times I've spread the bad data about Daddy Longlegs*
sarahtoalaska
Jan. 3rd, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Hey! I was about to hope in here to bring up the whole anti "doping the business with yourself" bit. Silly man.
madladyred
Jan. 5th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
hey!!! i finally got an email from Amazon explaining why the other thing we ordered for Kenton for Christmas didn't come. apparently it got damaged by the post office and returned to them in not saleable condition and now are out of stock of new ones to replace it. :(

so i think i'm just going to send what we have otherwise it becomes Valentines Day presents :)

and how come i'm the only one of us who didn't know the true intention behind graham crackers?!?!??
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