Today we’re talking about corn and no, we’re not talking about a nu metal band. Maize, also known as maize, was first domesticated over 10,000 years ago. Corn is a grain and was first eaten by indigenous groups in southern Mexico. It is now a staple for many crops around the world and total maize production has surpassed both rice and wheat. In addition to human consumption, corn is also used for corn ethanol and animal feed. It is also made into corn products, such as corn starch and corn syrup.
There are six main types of corn and they are dent corn (also known as field corn), flint corn, pod corn (also known as wild corn), popcorn, flour corn and sweet corn. Sweet corn is what is primarily for human consumption, while dent corn is often used for animal feed.
As far as popular culture goes, one of the best examples of corn appearing is in the 1984 movie “Children of the Corn.” This film is based on the 1977 short story by Stephen King and follows a small town in Nebraska surrounded by cornfields. The film’s antagonist is a 12-year-old named Isaac Croner who takes the town children to the cornfields and indoctrinates them into a cult that worships a deity called “He Who Walks Behind the Rows”. This then leads Isaac and the children to murder all the adults in town.
The film spawned a successful film franchise with nine staggering sequels and a 2009 remake. The most recent film, a 2020 prequel, was a colossal flop. The film’s budget was $30 million, but it only made $1,025 after it was released in two theaters in Sarasota, Florida.
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