Cereal dispute: Should Cap'n Crunch be demoted?

3:28 PM, Jun 19, 2013   |    comments
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Cap'n Crunch may have a mutiny on his hands!

A disgruntled sailor -- okay, a writer at foodbeast.com -- pointed out something fishy is up the Cap'n's sleeve: three stripes.

According to the U.S. Navy, the rank of captain carries four stripes.  Only three stripes would indicate he's a commander.

And while "Commander Crunch" could conceivably connote coolness - that's not what the crunchy sweetened corn and oat cereal was called when it first set sail in 1963.

Said Mary Beth Quirk at Consumerist.com: our entire cereal-eating lives could be based on a lie!

And to be fair, the cereal isn't technically called Captain Crunch. It's Cap'n. Maybe the abbreviation in the name applies to the stripes.

Or maybe the Cap'n's own explanation will keep his boat afloat: On Twitter, realcapncrunch wrote, "Of course I'm a Cap'n! It's the crunch - not the clothes - that make a man. #paidmydues."

We'll have to see if that'll hold water.


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