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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’ve always wondered how it is that the first person who made popcorn came to a) obtain the right kind of corn, b) happen to dry it to just the right moisture content, and c) think to heat it over dry heat, to make popcorn. Maybe a wildfire swept through their corn patch, after the corn was somewhat dry, and made popcorn, then the ancient farmer tried to duplicate the process under controlled conditions?

Making popcorn simply would not come to mind, if someone had never seen it before.


8 posted on 01/21/2012 4:36:48 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: exDemMom

Get a copy of Charles Mann’s recent book “1493.”


10 posted on 01/21/2012 5:14:09 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: exDemMom

The discovery of popcorn is trivial compared with the discovery of, for example, making bread with yeast.


13 posted on 01/21/2012 6:17:44 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: exDemMom
Making popcorn simply would not come to mind, if someone had never seen it before.

Ogg: First, we make the fire.
Nog: What for?
Ogg: To make the popcorn.
Nog: What for?
Ogg: To have snack while watching DVD.
Nog: Oh.

16 posted on 01/21/2012 7:22:04 AM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: exDemMom
Maybe a wildfire swept through their corn patch, after the corn was somewhat dry, and made popcorn, then the ancient farmer tried to duplicate the process under controlled conditions?

I'm sure that's what happened. Adding salt was just a natural reaction to enhance the bland taste but the addition of butter had to be divine intervention....

19 posted on 01/21/2012 9:09:22 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: exDemMom; TigerLikesRooster
Maybe a wildfire swept through their corn patch, after the corn was somewhat dry, and made popcorn, then the ancient farmer tried to duplicate the process under controlled conditions?

That sounds plausible. Popcorn (Zea mays praecox, a type of flint corn) will pop, even when still attached to the cob.

28 posted on 01/21/2012 5:42:53 PM PST by thecodont
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