Deep Thought

Posted by @ 11:18 am on Thursday 13th September, 2007.

Maybe I'm being a bit dim, but how is it possible to have multi-grain corn flakes?

Multi-grain flakes... yes, I can understand that concept, that would be flakes made from a range of different types of grain, one of which may or may not be corn... but multi-grain corn flakes? Is it possible to have multi-grain corn? Whatever, it still doesn't sound right.



While we're on the subject of confusion, how can a cinema matinée be an afternoon showing, when the word is derived from the French for "morning"?

Finally, what's the point in providing a template for drilling the fixing holes for radiator brackets? Today I used one to fix a new radiator to the bathroom wall... after the brackets were screwed on, I used a spirit-level to check that the brackets were the same height, them put the rad on... the result? - a 4-degree slope on the radiator. OK, rad off, recheck brackets, rad back on, check seating of backstraps in bracket-slots, all's fine but got the same result. I downed-tools for 90 minutes, two ciggies and a cup of tea while confusion reigned, then I had a look at the back of the radiator to find that the tosspot manufacturer had welded the backstraps on in the wrong place. So now I've got to reposition one of the brackets to compensate for somebody else's shoddy workmanship. Feck!

It's all too much. I need to take a break. Hopefully this coming weekend away in Wales will suffice.

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7 Responses to “Deep Thought”

  1. I've just checked out Kellogg on Wikipedia. You must have a look at this. It's both sad and extremely hilarious. I never knew my acne came from self-abuse until now, but there you are! As for corn, I believe this is the US term for maize, whereas UK corn is a generic term for wheat, barley, maize, flax and so on. As you obviously know. So this isn't really getting anywhere. Except to say: "Corn flakes" is evidently being used here as a kind of trade-mark concept, ie you now have wheat and rice flakes too as well as maize (corn)- and they all come wrapped up under the banner you are all familiar with - CORN FLAKES!

  2. BG! says:

    Interesting stuff.

    Over here in UKLand, corn is corn, popcorn is maize, sweetcorn is maize, corn-on-the-cob is maize. The generic term for all such things is usually "grain."

    I still can't see how corn flakes can be made from anything other than corn.

  3. Hell, I'm getting lost here! I think you're right - on the absolutely literal level. After several beers (made from barley, hopefully - despite the "wheat beer" invasion in some quarters - my preference is inGRAINed) confusion is setting in re corn, maize flax etc. All I can say is: any FLAKY comments from now on will be AMAIZINGLY CORNY as I'm looking forward to Steve Coogan @ 9.30 and can't be F***ED (FLAXED of course) to think of a witty reply..!

  4. Cornflakes? I can take 'em or leave 'em. Usually leave 'em. Why does everyone who takes 'em, without exception, leave a few swimming around in milk the bottom of the breakfast bowl? Cornflake eaters should learn to slurp.

    Brilliant site, BG. Congrats!

  5. alan.sloman says:

    Let's rename your site, BG, to GG!

    (Grumpy Git!)


  6. BG! says:

    I don't know how you lot can be so blasé about such matters. If this grain-identity crisis was to extend to the brewing and distilling industry, you lot would be up in arms in seconds.

    It's the thin end of the wedge, if you ask me.


  7. No identity crisis, just the normal capitalist-advertsing scam BG-GG. I'd stick to Bran Flakes in future. At least they keep you regular and, as an added bonus, you don't have to worry about the wording on the packet!

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