Culture Video

The Surprising History Behind Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods [WATCH]

You’re sitting down to dinner with your family and and a bountiful spread of your favorite foods are sitting in front of you. The combination of aromas strike your very being every time a relative opens the door. You’ve got turkey, corn on the cobb, mashed potatoes, yams, and tons of other dishes that are sure to leave you full and sleepy long before it’s time to line up for Black Friday.

So where did all this food come from?

It’s Okay To Be Smart, a series from PBS Studios, created an animated short illustrating the origins of some of the most iconic Thanksgiving foods.

Corn, for example, went through about five different mutations over thousands of years before it came to look like the bright-yellow kernels we love today. Turns out, Benjamin Franklin fought pretty hard to have the turkey become our national bird as it was native to North America as much as the bald eagle.

Each dish has an unexpected history that not many people know about.

Before we plunge our forks into our Thanksgiving dinners this year, let’s take a second to appreciate the journey our food went through to get to where they are today. In another world, we could have been carving up bald eagles.

Definitely do not want to try that.

Celebrity Grub Packaged Food Video

Mr. Rogers Shows Us How Macaroni Is Made [WATCH]

We’ve been feeling particularly nostalgic this month. For some reason, while getting lost in the vicious waves of YouTube surfing, we found ourselves drawn to videos of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The classic PBS show would occasionally host a segment, admittedly our favorite, where we got to look inside factories to see how popular foods were made in bulk.

In this video, Mr. Rogers shows us how macaroni is made.

The beloved host takes viewers into a macaroni plant and shows us step-by-step how the product goes from wheat to the iconic pasta that consumers love drenching in gooey cheese.

Now we may be a sucker for watching packaged foods get made in factories, but we still find ourselves fascinated by this segment even decades after watching it for the first time in our youths.

Speaking of PBS, I wonder if Arthur is still on the air?


Watch The Entire History Of Pizza

If you’re a lover of pizza, you’ll know that there’s so much history behind that cheesy bite. PBS Idea Channel created a 15-minute video chronicling the origins of all the different types of pizza around the world.

Different pies include Chicago’s famous Deep Dish, margherita pizzas, the pan pizza and even fast food pizzas. They also talk about the first pizzeria that opened in the United States and why cold pizza happens to be so delicious.

A History of Pizza in 8 Slices is definitely worth a few moments of your time.

We’d be surprised of you’re not craving pizzas by the end of this video.

Photo: PBS Idea Channel


The Best Way to Eat Pizza Is Scientifically Explained


It could be argued that there really is no right or wrong way to eat a pizza. I mean, as long as that delicious slice of cheesy, tomato-y pie is going into your gullet, it’s a pretty good situation, right? The folks at It’s Okay to be Smart beg to differ, however, releasing a video analyzing the proper techniques to eat and enjoy a pizza.

Ya fold it. 

That’s right, one of the most common techniques of devouring a slice has now officially been proven by science to be the preferred method. Joe Hanson, of the PBS series, analyzes the basic structure of a pizza, and says that its natural state allows it to go limp causing difficulty in consumption. Hanson references 19th century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss to support his pizza argument.

Gauss had a theorem he called the Theorema Egregium (“excellent theorem”). Essentially it means that a pizza slice begins flat and has zero Gaussian curvature. Gauss’s theorem states that one direction of the slice must always remain flat. This means no matter which way you let it bend, the pizza will have some form of flatness.

When a slice goes limp, it points sideways and is more difficult to eat. When one folds a pizza slice, however, it points in the direction of your mouth. Thus, because it’s more rigid, the pizza slice is easier to eat.

Check out the video below to go deeper into the theorem.

H/T First We Feast


Julia Child Gets the Auto-Tune Treatment for Her 100th Birthday [VIDEO]

To celebrate Julia Child’s 100th birthday tomorrow, PBS Digital Studios released a brand new video for the late French Chef.

Third in a series of videos remixed by John D. Boswell, also known as melodysheep, the video features an auto-tuned mash-up of Julia’s many PBS appearances and is as addictive to listen to as it is to watch her cook. Check out the video below and bring on the roasted potatoes!