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August 8, 2022 9:53 AM   Subscribe

The spell is complete!
posted by dobbs at 10:02 AM on August 8 [3 favorites]

Eating it vertically!
posted by Czjewel at 10:06 AM on August 8 [2 favorites]

Those Corn Council creeps got to this kid, too!
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:10 AM on August 8 [2 favorites]

Saw this on Questlove's Instagram feed and it made me smile.
posted by terrapin at 10:11 AM on August 8

"What?!? It's just a pun about corn!"
posted by amtho at 10:12 AM on August 8 [24 favorites]

I like turtles.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 10:13 AM on August 8 [4 favorites]

It has the juice - 'nuff said.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:23 AM on August 8 [3 favorites]

He's not wrong about any of it.
posted by jquinby at 10:25 AM on August 8 [3 favorites]

We need to get that kid to El DF for elotes Mexicanos.

And we are gonna need a live feed to that, Chuck.
posted by NoThisIsPatrick at 10:26 AM on August 8 [2 favorites]

The first time I ever had corn straight off the plant - simply shucked, no butter or salt, warmed only by the southern summer sun - was a revelation. Even the freshest corn from the farmer's market pales in comparison.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:35 AM on August 8 [6 favorites]

awww this is super cute but also this young man is bringing the wisdom: he added butter and everything changed!
posted by supermedusa at 10:44 AM on August 8 [15 favorites]

posted by epj at 10:52 AM on August 8 [2 favorites]

I need to go to bed now because this day has already peaked.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:01 AM on August 8 [8 favorites]

He's right, it is corntastic. That's a hill I'm willing to die on.
posted by Trent Crimm, The Independent at 11:12 AM on August 8 [7 favorites]

I've been grilling corn this past week. Every time I eat grilled corn it's the best thing I've ever eaten.

My dad had a cousin in Tennessee who was a corn farmer. We visited them for a week when I was in about 6th grade. Their corn field was right next to the house and they would just walk over and grab a few ears off the stalk at mealtime. It was unbelievably good.
posted by neuron at 11:13 AM on August 8 [3 favorites]

This is me.
posted by bluesky43 at 11:17 AM on August 8 [2 favorites]

He's totally right, but also that particular ear of corn that he's eating looks especially delicious.
posted by aubilenon at 11:17 AM on August 8 [3 favorites]

I love the grandma just crying laughing at this little dude - god this made my day. IT'S JUST CORN!!
posted by tristeza at 11:20 AM on August 8 [15 favorites]

What an adorable kid, and quite eloquent!

For the adults, this corn whiskey from Mexico called Abasolo is very good. It manages to taste like toasted corn while also tasting like whisky. The corn liqueur (Nixta) is also good and has a great novelty bottle, but it is very very sweet.
posted by Nelson at 11:22 AM on August 8 [4 favorites]

TIL that a child is a machine that can turn corn into fun. 100% corntastic, would corn again
posted by Doleful Creature at 11:33 AM on August 8 [5 favorites]

NEVER lava monster
posted by babelfish at 11:40 AM on August 8 [12 favorites]

Thanks, little dude, I AM having a corntastic day!
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:41 AM on August 8 [3 favorites]

Smart young Mayan.
posted by thecincinnatikid at 11:47 AM on August 8

We had a corn festival every year in the village where I grew up. It was in the park right across the road from my house. They'd bring the corn right from the nearby field, picked that morning, and boil it in this huge pot. The smell would be in the house all day. It really was corntastic.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 11:58 AM on August 8 [2 favorites]

I spent a few summers working in a vegetable processing factory. I was able to take home all of the harvested-that-day corn from the big pile on the "corn slab" that I could handle. It was corntastic.

The corn slab was basically a parking lot for corn, like this one here. It was pushed onto a conveyor and sent on its way into the corn cutting building where workers fed it into these cutters, and that in turn fed the freezing and canning lines. A corntastic process.

Last night's dinner was a shrimp ring and a bunch of corn on the cob. It was also corntastic.

In summary, I concur with this young man's assessment.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:29 PM on August 8 [3 favorites]

I've been grilling corn this past week. Every time I eat grilled corn it's the best thing I've ever eaten.
Corn-on-the-cob sous vide in butter and salt is the kernel of the gods.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 12:42 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]

The instructions I always heard for making corn was to get a pot of water boiling, go out to the field and pick an armful of ears, carry them briskly back to the stove. If you drop one, do not stop to pick it up.
posted by straight at 12:48 PM on August 8 [3 favorites]

Love this video. Corn on the cob is one of my favorite things about summer, although these days it's hard to recreate my childhood experience of eating fresh-picked corn (my family had a kitchen garden big enough for corn at one point and then when we left there it was to move to a corn-farming area). I was able to get some really recently harvested corn from a farm stand on a recent vacation, and it was absolute heaven - grilled in the husk, and even slightly under-done it was the best thing I ate that week.
posted by EvaDestruction at 12:51 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]

This kid talks a lot of sense and when I learned corn was real I never looked back either. Good corn-on-the-cob, say picked that morning for an evening meal, is really hard to beat regardless of how you dress it up. But simply cooked with butter and salt? A masterpiece. Next to yellow watermelon it is the best part of summer.
posted by Ashwagandha at 1:22 PM on August 8

"Since you have questioned men at the restaurant, you know that the corn comes from a man named Duncan McLeod, who grows it on a farm some sixty miles north of here. He has been supplying it for four years, and he knows precisely what I require. It must be nearly mature, but not quite, and it must be picked not more than three hours before it reaches me. Do you eat sweet corn?"

"Yes. You're stalling."

"No. Who cooks it?"

"My wife. I haven't got a Fritz."

"Does she cook it in water?"

"Sure. Is yours cooked in beer?"

"No. Millions of American women, and some men, commit that outrage every summer day. They are turning a superb treat into mere provender. Shucked and boiled in water, sweet corn is edible and nutritious; roasted in the husk in the hottest possible oven for forty minutes, shucked at the table, and buttered and salted, nothing else, it is ambrosia. No chef's ingenuity and imagination have ever created a finer dish. American women should themselves be boiled in water."

-Rex Stout, Murder is Corny
posted by dannyboybell at 1:32 PM on August 8 [6 favorites]

posted by rhizome at 1:41 PM on August 8 [2 favorites]

@rhizome, was scrolling the comments hoping someone would step up. Thanks for the good work.
posted by xedrik at 1:50 PM on August 8 [2 favorites]

“Sometimes we eat things that aren’t people! No, it’s true! Just yesterday I ate an ear of corn! And I DON’T mean there was a guy named Corn whose ear I ate!” - Children of the Vault broadcast, Borderlands 3.
posted by SPrintF at 2:38 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]

Freak on a Leash was an underrated master...what? Oh. My mistake. Carry on.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 2:42 PM on August 8 [1 favorite]

I absolutely love the cut to the older lady with him who is just losing it.

Reminds me of when my son was around that age and we had him try an oyster. He ate it, we asked him what he thought, and he called it “slime chicken.” Kids are awesome.
posted by thenormshow at 3:09 PM on August 8 [8 favorites]

Dammit there had better be some Highlander/Nero Wolfe crossover fic already out there, because I just haven't got time to write it.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 3:19 PM on August 8

My dad would always grow corn in the backyard garden (because, Iowa). He had a favorite variety that he was sure was the best, that he always planted. Then one of his friends convinced him to try an ear of Silver Queen (?). One bite and the old order was usurped. Silver Queen was the only variety he would plant from then on. It was, as I recall, about 30 steps from the row of corn to the kitchen stove. Under 5 minutes from tearing an ear off the stalk to hot corn-on-the-cob on the plate for dinner.
posted by coppertop at 5:55 PM on August 8 [4 favorites]

We always grew butter and sugar sweet corn. One year we found a fuzzy gray kitten among the plants. His proper name was Pepper, but we affectionately nicknamed him "Corn Smut."
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:17 PM on August 8 [5 favorites]

"Have a bite!"

I freaking love this kid
posted by wats at 9:41 PM on August 8 [2 favorites]

The other videos from this Tik Tok account which are posted in the replies have me genuinely sad that the app is banned here in india. Stressed out Brooklynite kid and Komodo Dragon boy are both comic gold.
posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 10:23 AM on August 9 [1 favorite]

Looks like the original upload was not on tiktok but on the Recess Therapy channel on Youtube.
posted by col_pogo at 11:07 AM on August 9

Definitely matches my current state of mind
posted by MorgansAmoebas at 1:10 PM on August 9

I'm willing to go work for this child in his corn enterprise.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 10:45 AM on August 11

The CEO of Corn: Part 2! Featuring komodo dragon facts, a brief discussion of viral fame, and the Corn Dance™.
posted by Rhaomi at 3:00 PM on August 24

Meet South Dakota's new corn-bassador, a boy who recently found out that corn is real

(Too bad South Dakota’s governor/asshole extraordinaire is involved in this otherwise cute story.)
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 9:30 AM on September 8 [1 favorite]

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