The Mystery of Bubble Gum Broccoli

Wait, What?! Wednesdays!

Mystery Meddlers! 

We’re happy to bring in the new year with you, dear readers. What will 2021 have in store for us? Who knows? Who cares? It’s been fun and we’re PUMPED to keep bringing you the goods. 

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Let’s hop into another edition of Wait, What?! Wednesdays!

How can you get children to eat their Vegetables?

This one’s easy. Bubble Gum Broccoli.

In 2014, Mcdonald’s CEO was asked what the company was doing to better the health of children around the world - Smaller portion sizes? Actual food ingredients perhaps? Nay, my fellow detectives, nay. His answer: bubble gum broccoli. Apparently, their kid testers were “confused.” (Same. )

Why do we shorten Christmas to Xmas?

Who did this? Who besmirched this holiday by putting an X there? A pirate? Professor X? Xtina Aguilera?

Turns out it was the Greeks! (AGAIN??) In Greek, the letter “X” takes the same form as the Greek letter Chi which is also the first letter of the Greek word for Christ. So it’s just a symbol for the exact same thing. It even has its own name: a Christogram.

Why can tigers, who are ORANGE, stay hidden so well in the jungle?

It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense that one of the most fearsome hunters in the (super green) forest has coloring that is bright orange… does it? Researchers have now discovered that the stripes aren’t about the tiger, it’s about their prey. Deer, boar, and other ungulates are dichromats, meaning they are color blind. So, to a tiger’s prey, the bright orange doesn’t register as orange. In fact, it’s perfect camouflage for the tiger as it hunts.

How much did Pablo Picasso’s style change over the years?

Shortest mystery yet: It changed a lot. Check his self-portrait below at the beginning and end of his career: 

Do you have any mysteries or unknowns you’ve come across this week? Let us know and we’ll cover them in next week’s WWW!

As always, 

Stay ‘spicious 

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