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What am I celebrating today?

July 18, 2014

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Today is the 50th birthday of Pop-Tarts.

A little history from Wikipedia:

Originally not frosted when first introduced in 1964, it was later determined that frosting could withstand the toaster, and the first frosted Pop-Tarts were officially released in 1967. The first Pop-Tarts came out in four different flavors: strawberry, blueberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and apple currant.  Today, there is a wide variety of Pop-Tart flavors, including chocolate chip, s’mores, raspberry, and French toast.

In 1992, Thomas Nangle sued Kellogg for damages after his Pop-Tart got stuck and caught fire in his toaster. The case gained wider notoriety when humor columnist Dave Barry wrote a column about starting a fire in his own toaster with Pop-Tarts. In 1994, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi professor Patrick Michaud performed an experiment showing that, when left in the toaster too long, strawberry Pop-Tarts could produce flames over a foot high.  The discovery triggered a flurry of lawsuits. Since then, Pop-Tarts carry the warning: “Due to possible risk of fire, never leave your toasting appliance or microwave unattended.”

Another note of CAUTION – please tell your kids not to nibble their Pop-Tarts into the shape of a gun if they are eating them in school.  Zero Tolerance.  Some other shapes to be avoided are:

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It is enough to make you turn to . . .

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 See also this

and this

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4 comments

  1. I’m glad you gave us the vodka link, coz my initial reaction was along the lines of “WTF? Really?” 🙂


    • I had exactly the same reaction 🙂


  2. I like pop tarts, just not that much. 🙂


    • 🙂



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