Urban legends abound regarding food. Who doesn’t recall the Pop Rocks scare of the 1980s wherein the famous Life cereal spokeskid, Mikey, apparently died after ingesting a potent and explosive mixture of the candy and a soft drink? And how many men stopped imbibing Mountain Dew after it was rumored that the soda would kill their sperm and decrease the size of their testes? And, of course, let’s not forget the scores of hopeful paramours who presented their love interests with bags of green M&Ms in the hopes of eliciting an amorous reaction from them after the candy was eaten.
But as silly and entertaining as urban legends are, there are some “true rumors” that occasionally get buried beneath the rubble of old wives’ tales and kids’ whispered stories. But how to parse out the good apples from the rotten ones? You turn, of course, to Snopes.com.
Today we’ll look at a few true, food-related urban legends, that may or may not have already made their way to your e-mail inboxes through the years: Continue reading …and in her backseat was a man with a Rachael Ray cookbook! Aieeeeeee!