Summary of Blood, Butter, and Beheadings? Popcorns shady history you didn't know | Bailey Sarian

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The video explores the dark history of popcorns, from their connection to human sacrifice and cannibalism to the more recent popcorn lung scandal. It's a fascinating look at a popular snack food, and provides some interesting insights into the culture and history of the people who first made and consumed it.

  • 00:00:00 Bailey Sarian explores the shady history of popcorns with the help of co-host Paul. They discuss how popcorn has been connected to human sacrifice and cannibalism.
  • 00:05:00 Popcorn is surprisingly hardcore, with history dating back to ancient civilizations. Corn was a staple to the ancient Aztecs, who considered it to have a life cycle similar to humans. When the Aztecs were about to become extinct, their priest turned to the god Quetzalcoatl for help. Quetzalcoatl used his intelligence to navigate through the path to the mountain, and the Aztecs were saved.
  • 00:10:00 The video explains the history of popcorns, including the ant-god Q who turned into a human to get some corn and the importance of the corn ceremonies to the Aztec people. It goes on to talk about the importance of skincare products, mentioning that recent breakouts are due to stress and the many different options available.
  • 00:15:00 In ancient Mesoamerican culture, the goddess Chicomecoatl was worshiped with a ceremony in which young girls made popcorn garlands and wore them as offerings to her. After the girls were killed, their heads were removed and their bodies used in various ways, including being flayed and put on as suits. In modern times, Apostrophe sponsors a video in which Bailey Sarian discusses the dark history of popcorn. Among the details revealed is that heads were removed in order to harvest corn, and that during the same ceremony another woman was killed and her skin cut off.
  • 00:20:00 The Aztecs sacrificed women in order to appease their gods, and the second woman sacrificed may have been her husband's. The ritual of dressing up like the gods and saying thank you is still practiced today in some form. Liquid I.V. is a product that is designed to hydrate the body quickly and efficiently.
  • 00:25:00 The video discusses the history of blood, butter, and beheadings, focusing on the Aztec and Nahua people. It explains that the Aztec flaying man ceremony involved peeling the skin off a human sacrifice to feed the people, while the Nahua believed that corn was an actual living being that required respect. The French settlers learned about popcorn from the Iroquois, and when they saw the Iroquois making popcorn, they were amazed. Corn has been a part of North American culture for thousands of years, and it is now an integral part of many dishes.
  • 00:30:00 Popcorn became mainstream in 1885 when the invention of the stream-powered popcorn maker made it possible for vendors to sell popcorn on the streets. This was revolutionary because snacks back then usually consisted of potato chips or jello, and needed a kitchen in order to make and sell them.
  • 00:35:00 Popcorn was once banned from movie theaters because it was messy and noisy, and during the Great Depression, people were too poor to afford it. However, this failed to stop popcorn from becoming a popular snack.
  • 00:40:00 Popcorn was first introduced to theaters as a cheaper alternative to candy, and then later became more popular as an affordable way to enjoy television while at home. In the years following World War II, two important events happened that helped promote popcorn - the return of sugar and the advent of the microwave.
  • 00:45:00 Popcorn has a shady history because it was originally used in factories to create the best microwave popcorn. In 2000, workers became ill from a rare lung disease called popcorn lung, which was caused by exposure to vapor from the popcorn's artificial butter. The American popcorn manufacturers didn't stop using the butter chemical until 2007, four years after the workers became ill.
  • 00:50:00 This podcast discusses the history of popcorns, which is full of dark and unsavory stories. The host, Bailey Sarian, thanks her popcorn expert, Andy Smith, and introduces the next episode, "Murder, Mystery, and Makeup".

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