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The Oscar For Best Snack Goes To ... Popcorn, The 6,000-Year-Old Aztec Gold

Zoom in and behold the science secrets behind popcorn's airy crunch — and learn about the snack's ancient origin — in this bite-sized video.
Source: Adam Cole

Editor's note: As the Oscars approach, we're celebrating America's favorite movie snack by bringing back this story, first published in 2014.

Popcorn is truly ancient. Archaeologists popcorn kernels that are 4,000 years old. They were so well-preserved, they could still popcorn cobs that were grown even earlier — more than 6,000 years ago.

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