“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?
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?
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.
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.
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…