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.

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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!

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thedisneydiner.com

"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???

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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.

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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?)