Friday, March 7, 2014

Oops! Oh, That's Great!

If you’re like most folks cereal was a big deal when you were growing up.

On this day in 1897, according to This Day in Business History, “cornflakes were first served at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan; they were loved immediately.”

 The basic process for producing them was discovered by accident. Brothers Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and W.K. Kellogg were trying to find a way to make vegetarian foods more palatable so they layered boiled wheat (yum!) on a baking tin.

Dr. Kellogg was called away for an emergency operation and evidently W. K. wasn’t paying attention. When they returned the next day they ran the wheat through a roller expecting to get a sheet of it. “What they got was individual flakes, the forerunner of all ready-to-eat cereals.”

Sometimes accidents produce victories. You simply have to look for the win.

Have a great weekend. See you Monday.

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