Astronom O’s

“The Breakfast of People Who Stay Up All Night”

OK, so this started with an off-hand comment on Twitter a few days ago. I nearly left it at that but for some reason the idea took hold and wouldn’t let go. I mean, you see athletes on cereal boxes all the time. Why not scientists?

The Cereal
I used Frosted Cheerios with the stars and moons from Lucky Charms. Yes, I actually sifted through an entire box of Lucky Charms, picking out the stars (well, shooting stars, at least) and moons. These two cereals just happen to be made by the same company, so this is totally doable. Are you listening, General Mills?

The Bag
I made the liner bag from a piece of waxed paper, ironed to form the seams. This was reasonably easy to do, except for the final seam when you have the cereal in the bag. Hard to get everything to line up just right with all those bits rattling around.

The Box
I made the box from two sheets of card stock (one for front and right side; one for back and left side), folded and glued together. The maximum printable area for my printer is 10.5″x8″, which translates to a box 8″x5.75″x2″ in size. That’s about 2/3 the size of a regular cereal box.

And here’s what it looks like all put together.
Practical? No.
Pointless? Possibly.
Fun? Definitely.

Just for fun, I tried fitting an entire box onto a single 8.5×11″ sheet. It ends up about the size of a single-serving box. I halfway considered doing a six box variety pack with, say, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Cassini, Huygens and Herschel.

And I suppose you could do other sciences as well. Say, take the A, C, G and T from Alpha Bits with maybe some double helix marshmallows. Or Sugar Frosted Quarks. Or Apple Pi Crunch. Or…

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  1. March 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

    This is the kind of thing that makes me love MAL & Skepchick. I also wouldn’t have been able to stop thinking about an awesome idea like this until it was done.
    I’m currently working on a silver Russell’s teapot necklace and I can’t wait to leave the office to get back to it.

  2. March 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

    This rocks so hard I don’t even know what to say. Wow. Well done.

  3. March 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I am so glad that some people have too much time on their hands! It’s basically win in a box.

  4. March 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

    You’ve found a niche market that must be filled!
    But now every time I think of a scientist, I will wonder what their cereal should be…

  5. March 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I just want you to know that, if this ever *were* mass-marketed, you can bet I would be buying it in bulk.

  6. March 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

    “Fortified with star stuff!”

    Love this. Love it sooo much.

  7. March 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    You, sir, are a genius.
    And now I want some Galile-o’s: ‘So Delicious, It’s Been Repressed by the Church!’

  8. March 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    You’d make a killing selling these at NECSS and TAM.

  9. March 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    so AWESOME! 🙂

  10. March 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Genius is even better when it’s delicious.

  11. March 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    This is a fantastic idea and I’d love to make a box for my boyfriend. I don’t suppose you’d be willing to release the file that you printed to make the box? I’ve looked at your astro8.jpg image (second from the bottom) and it’s the sort of thing I’m hoping for, but it’s a bit too low resolution to produce good results. If you wanted to sell the file on or similar, I’d be more than happy to pay!

  12. March 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Well, since I don’t have rights to all the images used on the box, I don’t think I’d feel comfortable selling them. On the other hand, if you were to click on that second-to-last image (which has now mysteriously increased in resolution) and print it for your own personal use, I don’t think anyone would complain.

  13. March 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I did find Frosted Drakes on reddit but it wasn’t Frank Drake.

  14. March 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    omg, this is awesome.
    Thanks so much.

  15. March 20, 2011 at 1:38 am

    What’s the Recommended Daily Amount of Star Stuff, I wonder?

  16. April 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    So, this weekend I drove down to Atlanta for the Atlanta Skepticamp fundraiser and took along a slightly altered version of the cereal box, which I donated to their auction. It did surprisingly well.

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