Today it’s time to celebrate Maize, which came to be known as “corn” by Europeans. Upon googling it, I saw that it apparently has an “ancient and interesting history,” so feel free to look it up as I didn’t feel like a history lesson today and got distracted with a link to a cute cat video.
This is a doodlewash of Flint corn, also called Indian corn, and it’s hard as a rock so it makes a good decoration. It was also harder than I expected to draw, but I used some of the tricks I learned doodlewashing Jelly Beans in order to “cheat it” and get the point across. It’s not a terribly elegant trick as it just consists of jamming bits of really dark colors here and there in a mad frenzy to simulate depth and finish it within the hour I had to paint today.
I realized that Philippe and I don’t really eat much corn, except popcorn. There’s really nothing better than a giant bowl of popcorn while cuddling up on the couch and watching a movie. This is also something I can actually make myself, in a pot not a microwave, so it feels a bit like cooking. I just have to sneak the butter on when Philippe isn’t looking so he doesn’t scream, “Arrête !” at me before I’ve successful managed to transform it into movie theater style.
Phineas is a huge fan of popcorn night because he too gets to participate as there will inevitably be some that drops on the floor. I’m sure it’s possible to eat popcorn without dropping a piece here or there before it hits your mouth, but I’ve yet to see anyone do it. It’s fun to watch the popcorn shuffle at the back of a movie theater as you see heads bobbing from side to side, frantically looking for that stray piece to flick off their clothes before the “fake butter oil” has time to stain the fabric.
I’m not sure what I was typing just then as I got distracted again and looked up why popcorn is a staple snack in movie theaters. Apparently early movie theaters didn’t want to serve snacks because they were modeling themselves after live theater and thought snacks were too low brow. But once they introduced “talkies” anyone with a pulse could attend because you no longer had to be literate to sort of get was was going on.
People flocked to movies during the Great Depression because it was a cheap diversion and popcorn stands popped up outside theaters since popcorn was also cheap and plentiful. Early theater patrons were asked to check their popcorn with their coats, but soon, the theaters gave in when they realized they could make even more money on this high margin snack than the tickets. So there you have it, a bit of history lesson after all.
Well then, I’ve meandered as ever, but still managed to keep to the topic of Maize, so hopefully this is a fitting tribute to this special day. If you’re not a fan of corn, then you might like to know it’s also Flossing Day, but seriously, who’s really a fan of that? Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your day! As for me, I have to go now and find something for us to watch later, so I can justify making popcorn. At three and half minutes, I’m not sure the cute cat video would qualify.
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