Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cornflakes and Graham crackers were conceived as aids in preventing masturbation

It seems kind of lazy to just repost a front page story from Reddit, but this is astonishing.

[The Graham Cracker] was originally conceived of as a health food as part of the Graham Diet, a regimen to suppress what he considered unhealthy carnal urges, the source of many maladies according to Graham. Reverend Graham would often lecture about the adverse effects of masturbation or "self-abuse" as he called it. One of his many theories was that one could curb their sexual appetite by eating bland foods. Another man who held this belief was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the inventor of the corn flakes cereal.


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