Breakfast is supposed to be a healthy, well-balanced meal that will set you up well for the rest of the day. If you eat some Greek yogurt, with oats, seeds fruits and a special, Manuka honey (like one Meghan Markle) every day, for example, you will probably feel healthier and maybe even see your stomach go down.
The problem with this though is that it can be incredibly boring – you will more than likely revert back to the brekkie of your childhood dreams, that people on movies and in TV seem to eat every day and not get fat. I’m talking pancakes, waffles – with all the trimmings – and all those other yummies we eat.
Today we focus on muffins – in particular, the poppy seed variety.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got a little creative with their warning tactics on Twitter recently. They posted two photos of a poppyseed muffin, one seen from a slight distance and the other zoomed in. It was posted with the horrifying caption, “Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed. Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?”
In the tweeted pic on the right, if you look close enough you’ll see them, five bloodsucking arachnids, lounging on the surface of what could have been breakfast. “Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed. Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo? Learn how to prevent tick bites,” the post says.
The CDC hoped that the photos would draw attention to their link to tick prevention tactics, posted in response to a growing prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. The organization warns that these illnesses are on the rise and that from May through July, people in the United States will get more tick bites and tick-borne diseases than any other time of year.
While the CDC’s heart is in the right place, Twitter’s a lot of the time is not. Their post may have been less effective at getting people to prevent tick bites and more effective at deterring people from eating poppyseed muffins. Some Twitter users even started to get funny about the (self-dubbed by the Twitter users) as “the CDC’s muffin-prevention movement.”
“Poppyseeds will never crunch quite the same again,” lamented @urwalder. Some users simply replied exclamations like “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” or “Omg why.” But, in typical Twitter fashion, many turned to humor to cope with their revulsion. Other highlights include, “Potlucks at the CDC must be a hoot,” and “Can’t get tick bites if you’re biting them.”
The CDC has now received nearly a thousand replies from disturbed readers, issuing this simple response in a tweet: “Sorry we ticked some of you off! Don’t let a tick bite ruin your summer. Protect yourself.” If you’re too disturbed to eat a poppyseed muffin ever again, there’s always blueberry or double chocolate. Stay safe out there.