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Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Vegemite

Posted by sogasex on March 23, 2008

By David Ho, LDEO

As Chris mentioned in his blog, life on a ship basically consists of working, sleeping, house of pain, and eating. Breakfast, lunch, dinner are served at 7 am, 11:30 am, and 4:30 pm, respectively. Because we eat dinner so early, those of us who stay up late to sample the 11 pm CTD are usually roaming the ship by about 9 or 10 pm trawling for any edible morsel of food. This search inevitably leads us to the mess.

Since we both sit in the Computer Lab when we work, Pete Strutton (aka Crikey) and I usually go on these missions together. His and my choices for late night snacks are Vegemite and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, respectively. In fact, we use those words interchangeably to signal that it’s snack time.

In a big step for US-Australia relations, Pete has been seen eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch and I had my first (and second) Vegemite sandwich recently. It wasn’t too bad, although Carlos Del Castillo, who tried it a while ago said, “I honestly don’t know how to feel about it”. For those who don’t know what Vegemite is, I refer you to an excellent article I read a few years ago in the New York Times about Marmite (a similar brown substance that the Brits are addicted to). I think this quote from Marmite’s plant manager captures the essence: “Our research shows that if you haven’t been exposed to it by the time you’re 3, it’s unlikely you’ll like it”

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Pete Strutton, getting ready for a sugar rush

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David Ho, doing his part for US-Australia relations

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