Greetings trivia friends! Welcome to a new weekly blog installment that will profile one of our trivia questions from the past week (no spoilers!) and give history, fun facts, and weird information about the subject. It’s a fun way to learn more odd trivia to school your pals in.
I will most likely always pull from Thursday questions since that is my night of hosting (come out to Goodwood Brewing! Let me yell at you!). This week I’m pulling from round five, the category was words with “UNCH” in them:
Q: What nautical-themed breakfast cereal from Quaker Oats is popular with kids?
A: Cap’n Crunch
This is a simple enough question but I became curious about the history of the much beloved Cap’n Crunch and down the rabbit hole I went, ending up at their very obscure and demented use of social media.
But before I get to that, it’s vital to know the history of good ol boy Cap’n Crunch. Before he was a Cap’n, he was Horatio Magellan Crunch, born on Crunch Island in the Sea of Milk. His enemy is the barefoot pirate by the name of Jean LaFoote who is always trying to steal the easily purchasable cereal. The Cap'n also apparently battles something called The Soggies, in turn protecting us all from the pitfalls of soggy cereal. Cap’n commands the sea on the S.S. Guppy with his trusted pup, Sea Dog. However, his captain status has recently been called into question as his uniform is more likely that of a commander than a captain.
That’s not the most interesting oddity at work though. The truly weird stuff happens on social media. Cap’n Crunch, Jean LaFoote and Sea Dog all have their own twitter accounts. Cap’n tweets what you think he would, weird #content that will never actually connect with the #cool #millennials. Sea Dog on the other hand just tweets “howl” over and over again, with multiple letters and random capitalization.
On Jean’s twitter (and in real life) he is forever in pursuit of getting his greedy hands on that sweet cereal. However, his high jinks take a wild and truly depressing turn in June of 2012. Jean Lafoote ends up, well, dead and the terror was live tweeted…HHHOOOoooOOWWWwWLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!— Sea Dog (@RealSeaDog) January 10, 2014
I have taken over zee Guppy! Zee Crunch is mine! Take that, @RealCapnCrunch!— Jean LaFoote (@RealJeanLaFoote) June 25, 2012
Zis @realseadog is biting at my leg! I shall geeve him some Crunch to keep heem at bay!— Jean LaFoote (@RealJeanLaFoote) June 25, 2012
Cap’n Crunch even responds to the death of his nemesis on twitter in a truly cold manner.My leg! Zee Crunch not working on zis @realseadog! I am jumping overboard! Zee Crunch will still be mine!— Jean LaFoote (@RealJeanLaFoote) June 25, 2012
Hit the road, @RealJeanLaFoote! ... or should I say hit the water!— Cap'n Crunch (@RealCapnCrunch) June 25, 2012
Truly great marketing for children’s cereal! See you kids next week. If you have any topics you would like to see explored during this weekly segment please comment and let us know. We also need a catchy name, so send in suggestions!