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Rated: E · Book · Educational · #2105953
One hundred facts that are interesting but ultimately useless.
#901705 added January 9, 2017 at 3:31am
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"Cereal"
"Cereal"
- etymology / mythology -

​​​​The word "cereal" (referring either to the breakfast food made from processed grain, or more broadly to any edible grass seed) derives from Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture.

Ceres (equivalent to the Greek goddess Demeter) is said to be responsible for the change of the seasons. In autumn and winter, when her daughter Proserpine (a.k.a. Persephone) is forced to live in the Underworld, Ceres prevents anything from growing in the mortal world. When the pair is reunited for the spring and summer, the blight is lifted and crops are allowed to flourish again.


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