What does popcorn have in common with history, a detective, and microwaves? Well, read on to see how each one relates to popcorn.
What does a 1931 Ford Model A have to do with popcorn? Well, in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, a 1931 Ford Model A, that was retrofitted a long time ago to be a rolling popcorn production facility, is once again rolling along and popping popcorn.
Alan Brandon, the proprietor of Pop’s Popcorn, is a Model A mechanic. He found his truck on Craigslist. It wasn’t running and the owners were selling it cheap. Mr. Brandon bought the Model A and fixed it up.
The vehicle has 4 gears and can get up to 35 or 40 mph. It takes constant maintenance. There are some 30 grease fittings and Brandon said they need to be greased regularly.
Alan drives his truck around his neighborhood, parks in various places, and sells small bags of popcorn for $2.00.
As he drives around, people know him honk when they see him. Alan responds by blowing the vehicle’s Klaxon horn—a very unmistakable sound!
The current popcorn maker is from the 1970’s or 1980’s. Whoever added the new popcorn makers also added the ability to hook up electricity. The truck also has a fresh water tank, a hot water heater, and a small sink.
Mr. Brandon parks about three hours and sells the popcorn from that unmistakable aroma. He doesn’t get rich—the Model A takes too much maintenance for that. But he enjoys it and the people in the neighborhood do too.
From: Brinkwire, April 21, 2018
Okay, we've read about popcorn and history. Now, how does a detective relate to popcorn? Read on--
The Police Academy graduation ceremony could have ended in tragedy. But thanks to Detective Mark Rubins, it didn’t.
He was sitting in the upper rear section of the theater when he heard a woman yell, “Help! Please!” Looking at her, he saw a baby limp in her arms, his lips blue.
Detective Rubins had been a paramedic for 20 years. He rand to the mom’s side. The boy was limp. Rubins performed CPR and got the little guy to cough up the popcorn.
Then the child began breathing normally. He was still lethargic, but his color was returning to normal and his pulse was strong.
The child’s father, Officer Leonardo Escorcia, was a newly minted officer on the theater’s main level with his graduating class. He heard his wife’s scream for help.
When he got to his child, Detective Rubins had the child breathing again, but he was pale and still passing out.
Shaken, the parents took the child to the emergency room. Officer Escorcia missed his graduation, but thanks to Detective Rubins, Escorcia’s son is doing fine.
From: New York Daily News by Graham Rayman
The question asked is, “Why does microwave popcorn smell so bad?”
The answer depends on your nose. Some people say microwave popcorn smells buttery, savory, or toasty.
Others say it stinks!
The chemical behind the aroma (or stink, depending on your point of view) is diacetyl. It’s a naturally occurring byproduct of fermentation in foods like butter and sour cream. It’s what gives the creamy, butter flavor to those foods.
In the early 2000’s there was concern about diacetyl in microwave popcorn. Several popcorn manufacturers phased out diacetyl. But in 2016 scientists found the chemical they substituted was worse than diacetyl.
The conclusion seems to be that the diacetyl in microwave popcorn won’t hurt the occasional popcorn eater. It’s the workers that come into contact with it on a regular basis that is at risk.
For those of a scientific bent who want more information, visit https://www.livescience.com/62392-why-microwave-popcorn-stinks.html
So, if you enjoy the aroma of microwave popcorn—enjoy.
Burnt microwave popcorn? Well, that’s a whole different smell!
From: Live Science by Stephanie Pappas