Bugs Bunny makes friends with Kool-Aid

Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning fictional animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros., and is one of the most recognizable characters in the world. According to his biography, he was “born” in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York and the product of many creators.

An interesting side-effect of FDA Blue #5 (found especially in the Grape and Purplesaurus Rex flavors of Kool-Aid) causes human feces to turn green when the drink is taken in sufficient quantity. This is due to the fact that bile in the human intestine reacts with the food coloring, causing the color change. The effect is considered completely harmless, since there have been no reports of ill effects as a result of the reaction.

Whistling for Kool-Aid

Kool-aid dies protein (animal) fibers such as wool, silk, and fur (hair). It is popular with knitters for dyeing wool yarn. As it’s food-safe, it doesn’t require special utensils reserved for this purpose as other dyes do. Tamarindo (brown), Switchin’ Secret (light green/tan), and Grape (purple) are popular flavors, because they can be used to tone down the otherwise day-glo colors. A typical formula is one packet of Kool-aid per ounce of fiber, combined with 1/2 cup of water and optionally, a tablespoon of vinegar. Heat is used to set the color, usually by steaming or boiling.

Skateboarding Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid was invented by a Gerard and Edwin Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska. Its predecessor was a liquid concentrate called Fruit Smack. To reduce shipping costs, in 1927, Perkins discovered a way to remove the liquid from Fruit Smack, leaving only a powder. This powder was named Kool-Ade (and a few years later, Kool-Aid due to a change in government regulations regarding the need for fruit juice in products using the term “Ade”). Perkins moved his production to Chicago in 1931 and Kool-Aid was sold to General Foods in 1953.

Skateboarding is the act of riding on or performing tricks with a skateboard. A person who skateboards is referred to as a skateboarder or skater.

Skateboarding is a relatively modern sport—it originated as “sidewalk surfing” in the United States—particularly California—in the 1950s. A key skateboarding trick, the ollie, was only developed in the late 1970s.