Tag: Victorian England

Ted-Ed: History of the Treadmill Lesson

Many thanks to the great team at Ted-Ed for all their work in creating this wondering YouTube video based on a previous post of mine on the dark history of the Treadmill. TED-Ed is a […]

Cornflakes, Granola and the fight against Masturbation

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All of us have done. We’ve run down the stairs in our pyjamas, headed straight for the kitchen and once there, it’s cereal time. Out comes the bowl, the milk and the prize possession, Kellogg Cornflakes. What may be a simple morning ritual for us was at one time a serious health remedy for Dr. John Kellogg, the inventor of Kellogg Cornflakes.

For Dr. Kellogg a healthy diet led to a healthy lifestyle and in line with this way of thinking, Kellogg Cornflakes and Granola were invented to help curb what Dr. Kellogg saw as an unhealthy habit of masturbation in America’s youth. Yes that’s right, one of our favorite cereals was invented as masturbation repellent.

So why was masturbation such a hot topic for the cereal king?