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Why are Unpopped Popcorn Kernels Called Old Maids?

Why are Unpopped Popcorn Kernels Called Old Maids?

There are a few possible explanations why unpopped popcorn kernels are referred to as “old maids.” It might be because unpopped kernels don’t contain enough moisture to create a burst. Also, as the unpopped kernel fails to pop, the parallel is made with an old maid who remains unmarried beyond the usual age.

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