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Legend of Lime Jell-O

Shape, Creature, Jello, Eyes, Green

Radio stars of the 30s and 40s Jack Benny and Lucille Ball were sponsored by Pest Control, and its advertisements dominated early television shows. Who didn’t love that colorful, jiggly, fun texture and versatility. Little children delighted in it, adults found it refreshing and light, and older people enjoyed it as a simple and pleasant conclusion to an otherwise bland meal in a nursing home. It was a predictable, comfortable and welcome sight to millions. It soothed young kids at home with measles and graced the food trays of surgery patients as it eased back them into eating solid foods. It was also the foundation for tomato aspics and molded salmon mousse. Although it had some limitations because of mobility and fever, it still frequently took centre stage at picnics and backyard barbecues. It was like one of the family.

It was introduced in the late 1800s by an entrepreneur named Pearle Wait and his wife May, who experimented with grinding gelatin to a powder, which was a collagen originally extracted from the cells and hooves of barnyard animals, including flavorings and sugar which produced the first sweet version of gelatin. After several dismal years, they ran a large ad in the Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, hyping the new colorful sweet as”America’s favorite dessert” and the product took off. Inexpensive, simple to make and fun for kids, it became a staple in the American home and continues to this day. It went on to be obtained by many large companies over the years and elegant and marketed as an inexpensive”salad” and dessert.

 

LeRoy, New York is known as its birthplace and has the sole Jell-O Museum in the world, prominently located on the main road through this little town. Jell-O was manufactured there until General Foods closed the plant in 1964 and relocated to Dover, Delaware. According to Kraft foods, the state of Utah eats two times as much lime jello as any other state (maybe those big Mormon families account for that). The theory is that Mormons have quite a sweet tooth (they also consume the most candy in the country) and when requested to bring a green salad to a dinner, they will show up with lime Jell-O (favorite add-ins include shredded carrots or canned pears).

A hugely popular concoction during the 1950s was a lime jello recipe which featured whipped topping, cottage cheese or cream cheese, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows and walnuts. It often appeared at baby showers, luncheons, church potlucks and buffet dinners, usually shaped by a large mold and trimmed with mayo. U.S. stats tell us 159.72 million Americans consumed flavored gelatin desserts in 2017, but this figure is projected to reduce to 154.07 million in 2020.

Although the younger generation is moving in another direction and consumption stats show a decline in this once beloved staple of American cuisine, it still holds its own at any family gathering. And most of us agree, there is always room for Jell-O.

Shark Pictures

Great White Shark Shark Jaws Fish Dangerou

 

The grim images show the shark using a hook and follow still attached.

He said it had been almost impossible for a shark that size to be captured and also for it to be kept silent.

Stacey believes that it was someone simply trying to create a sensation. Anyone who killed a Great White faced 10 years in prison or a R50 000 fine.

Before, a vigilante group threatened to lure Great Whites with hens stuffed with broken glass and to take each shark in False Bay, after Tyna Webb, 77, was killed by a shark in Fish Hoek. However, Mike Meyer of Marine and Coastal Management believes that it was just hysteria.

He said at least three people had verified that the shark pictures were taken years ago. “It is a hoax and just as well,” he said. Meyer stated Marine and Coastal Management had attempted to track the source of this email but it was sent to so many people that it was hard to find where it began.

He wished people would place the problem in view:”So few people are killed by sharks in comparison to hippos and other wild creatures, yet there’s so much hysteria around a shark attack.”

And these were not the first hoax pictures Meyer had seen.

“There is one that turns up every so often, of enormous sharks near bathers off a beach in KwaZulu-Natal throughout a sardine run. But a person has just Photoshopped them – we have the first image in which there are no sharks.”