POP!

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Popcorn is a food that is adored by all.  Still, it may be challenging to understand the importance and the rich heritage of this great food.

Popcorn was integral to the Aztecs in the 16th century.  The Aztecs held popcorn dances in which young girls wore head pieces made of popcorn kernels.  Popcorn was commonly formed into headdresses and jewelry, such as necklaces, finger rings, nose rings, and bracelets. Countless ceremonies were held for the god of popcorn.  Young and old prayed and danced to this god.

Hernan Cortes was first introduced to popcorn when he invaded Mexico and caused the fall of the Aztec Empire.  Popcorn was believed to have powers over fertility, rain, and indigestion.

Since the days of yore, the modern homio sapen has found other things to do with popcorn. One of those things is to eat it.  Or throw it.  You’re good either way.

Here is how to make it without a popcorn maker:

Pour some oil on the bottom of a pot

Turn the fire up till its warm, not bubbling

Dump 1/4 or 1/2 cup of popcorn seeds inside the pot

Put a cover on the pot

After a while, you will hear a popping noise.  Resist the urge to open the pot.  Wait until you hear the sound of gunshots coming out of your pot, like a gang war in your kitchen.

Open it now, because if you wait, your popcorn will burn and the popcorn god will ruin your harvest with a torrential downpour.  Or he’ll create the longest winter ever, forcing you to freeze your way through spring.  Oh wait, he already did.

 

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About Miranda S. Wrightz

I breath one breath at a time, like a normal mermaid.

4 responses to “POP!

  1. And, popcorn is a food that never completely leaves your mouth, hands, or clothes. The lovely kernels stay in your teeth for hours, leaving you to run your tongue over your teeth, looking like there is a bug crawling around your mouth, or worse, using paper, pens, or any object with a slight edge to pick those annoying kernel skins that seem to be glued to your rotting teeth. (see chocolate).

  2. Yes, indeed. Additionally, the kernels get stuck in carpeting, wet paint, and unfinished woodwork – forever ingraining a reminder of popcorn’s snacky goodness through body, mind, and spirit.

  3. Can you think of a better way to wear corn post pop then on top?
    Wise, wicked, wretched men indeed spew their seed

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