Taboo Fact or Fiction # 1 (Answer): Cornflakes

Posted: June 23, 2013 in Taboo Fact or Fiction?
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Fact or Fiction: The breakfast cereal Cornflakes was initially invented to help stop the human race from masturbating?

Fact: In the late 19 century, John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflakes in part to curb people (mostly men) from masturbating. At the time it was widely believed that masturbation led to insanity and in order to help contain sexual desire a bland diet was recommended. Thus, Cornflakes became the perfect prescription. In addition, Kellogg was a proponent of both male and female circumcision.[1]

Breakdown: How many of us realize this when we pick up a box of Cornflakes from our local supermarket? Perhaps this once again shows how the truth, in many ways, is taboo. If this happened today you would probably see the boycotting and discontinuation of the cereal.

[1] The History Channel, How Sex Changed the World: Sexpocalypse, 2013.

  1. F.G.M. says:

    Today I’ve learnt something almost incredible – will think to it tomorrow while having my breakfast… 🙂

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