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Sometimes we find out the truth about people or things and that truth changes our opinion about them, often for the worse. It’s kind of like when you’re little, you idolize your parents and then find out that they aren’t really perfect after all. Or maybe it’s a public figure like Babe Ruth or John F. Kennedy. Or sometimes it’s the story behind the product that we’ve used for years and never really knew what it was made of or how it came into being. Here are some examples that will probably fascinate you:

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser’s are just repurposed melamine sponges that can actually be purchased online for about 2-3 cents apiece. That’s probably not that surprising, you’re paying for the name on the package not the product.

Hamilton Beach has a reputation for making really good blenders, toasters and other kitchen appliances, but did you know that they invented and obtained a patent for the vibrator in 1902, which was initially sold as a medical device to decrease stress in women. I’m not going to touch that one with a 10 foot pole.

The strawberries in Quaker instant oats are really dehydrated apples that have been shaped and colored to look like strawberries. And you wonder why we have trust issues? That’s like biting into a chocolate chip cookie and realizing those chips are actually raisins.

Lysol was originally marketed as a cleansing product for a woman’s delicate area. It was said that it would freshen her and maintain marital bliss. Funny, I have never once been aroused by the smell of Lysol. But then again it was over 100 years ago and bathing was not that common.

Mountain Dew consists mostly of orange juice concentrate.

Most fruit juice, with the exception of orange, grape, and pear, is in reality just apple juice that has been flavored. Those darn apples, fooling us in so many ways.

Play-Doh was created as a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. Teachers begin using it as a modeling clay and in the 1950s it was rebranded as a toy. I wonder if it will still clean wallpaper?

Most over-the-counter sleeping remedies are actually just Benadryl repackaged as something else. It’s the main ingredient in Benadryl that makes you drowsy.

Budweiser is the only beer that is a brewed in Beachwood casks. Other beers are brewed in different types of wood casks, but Anheuser Bush actually boils the “wood” taste out of the beer. No wonder it has no flavor.

Ferrero Roche truffles are actually filled with Nutella. The same company makes both products. And here I thought I’d never even had Nutella. I don’t even know what to believe anymore.

Jell-O and for that matter all true gelatin’s are made by boiling the bones, hides, and connective tissue of cows and pigs. I guess that explains in part, Bill Cosby. Pig.

Double Stuff Oreo cookies only have 1.8 times the amount of crème filling as compared to regular Oreos. Are politicians making these things?

I have to stop there before I ruin the world in which we live any further. We have to be ignorantly blissful about some things, don’t we?

Live from Silver City

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