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16 Fascinating Facts About Jell-O

It's International Jell-O Week, people. These unexpected tidbits will change how you feel about one of America's oldest desserts.

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The first person to hold the patent for what would become Jell-O was Peter Cooper (not pictured) in 1845. He stupidly sold it to Pearle B. Wait — a cough syrup manufacturer — in 1897. Wait then stupidly sold it in 1899 to his neighbor, Orator Frank Woodward (a high school dropout), who bought it for $450 (about $12,000 today). Then Woodward became so rich, it's stupid.




There are some pretty weird alternative uses for Jell-O. It can be sprinkled over cat litter, used as a hair or clothing dye, made into a finger paint, or used as an aid for ridding bathrooms of soap scum. Oh, and wrestling.



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Bill Cosby has been a Jell-O spokesperson since 1974 — that's 39 years!


"March 17, 1993, technicians at St. Jerome hospital in Batavia test a bowl of lime Jell-O with an EEG machine and confirm the earlier testing by Dr. Adrian Upton that a bowl of wiggly Jell-O has brain waves identical to those of adult men and women." Uhhhh. What???



Scandal! When Elizabeth McNabb found out she was adopted and decided to search for her birth mother, she came up with Barbara Woodward (direct heir to the Jell-O fortune). Woodward had become pregnant with a married man and subsequently gave up the child for adoption. After Woodward's death in 2003, McNabb sued for a piece of the inheritance, which she finally got — $3.5 million — in 2007.



Some notable discontinued of both Jell-O classic and Jell-O puddings include:

- Bubble gum

- Cotton candy

- Coffee

- Cola

- Green apple

- Passion fruit

- Maple syrup

- Triple chocolate

- Plain (huh?)


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