Here are a few items some of us grew up with. They’ve been around so long that we really don’t even think twice about them being there.
You know you can get KFC pretty much anywhere and you know, no matter what happens, Coca-Cola isn’t going anywhere.
They’re just a part of our culture now. But, I bet you never knew the amount of effort it takes to guard some of the world’s most recognizable food and beverage recipes.
What would these things really be without their secret ingredients?
1. How Sea Monkeys Work
Sea Monkey’s were the things you used to find at the back of a comic book growing up, and are actually still quite popular to this day. Sea Monkey’s are basically a form of brine shrimp that around in salt lakes, and laid in encapsulated eggs called cysts.
Harold von Braunhut, with the help of a marine biologist, created the process in 1957 that would allow these little creatures to be kept in a state of cryptobiosis until a special type of water was added. Currently, only two people know how sea monkeys work… Harold von Braunhut, who has since passed, and his second wife Yolanda.
2. The Farmer’s Almanac Weather Formula
We’ve all heard of The Farmer’s Almanac which tells us interesting facts, anecdotes, long term weather patterns and countless other things. Chances are, you own one yourself. What’s special about the Farmer’s Almanac though is its ability to predict weather.
The ability to do this is derived from a super-special, top secret formula that was created in 1792, by the Almanac’s founder Robert B. Thomas. The only two people who know the formula is The Farmer’s Almanac editor Sandi Duncan and a random meteorologist.
3. The Location of Lena Blackburne’s Baseball Rubbing Mud
Apparently there’s this special mud that Major League Baseball desperately depends on. This mud helps to control brand new slippery baseballs that come straight out of the box. Not just any mud will work either, it has to be Blackburnes.
Lena Blackburne stumbled upon the mud back in the 1930’s somewhere around the Delaware River…. sharing on the secret with his business partner John Haas. After being passed down throughout the years,the only people who now know where the mud comes from is business owner Jim Bintiff and his wife.
You’re probably wondering, “Who in the hell is Oliver Cromwell?” Well, he’s an Englishman from the 1600s who ended the monarchy to take it over for himself. After he died, King Charles II was still bitter over the whole episode and ordered Cromwell’s body to be dug up so he could “kill” him again.
The king hung Oliver’s dead corpse on a scaffold for 12 hours and put his head on a spike. The head eventually fell off of the spike and traveled around to several museums. In the end, no one could really decide on what to do with the head as it brought up old political debates that caused tension.
Now…. only two professors at Cambridge University’s Sidney Sussex College can tell you where exactly Oliver Cromwell’s head ended up, but they’re not talking 😉
5. KFC’s 11 Herbs and Spices
The famous KFC recipe goes all the way back to the 1930s when Harland Sanders humbly began serving chicken to people who stopped at his gas station in North Corbin, Kentucky. That special blend of 11 herbs and spices was such a success that the governor gave Sanders the honorary title of Colonel for his delicious contribution to the state of Kentucky.
There are only two executives at KFC headquarters who know the famous recipe.
This French liqueur was invented by Carthusian Monks back in 1737 and blends a secret mix of 130 herbs, plants and flowers. A secret manuscript was given to them by François Annibal d’Estrées in 1605 which was named after the Monks’ Grande Chartreuse monastery, located in the Chartreuse Mountains near Grenoble, France.
Still to this day only two monks know the recipe and it was actually even protected from authorities during the French Revolution.
7. The Formula for Coca-Cola
It’s Coca-Cola for crying out loud, of course they protect their ingredients as if it were the last coke human kind is ever going to see. Supposedly only two executives are in on the secret and an original copy of the formula is kept in an undisclosed Sun Trust Bank in Atlanta.
Coke has paid them a hefty $48.3 million in shares to covet the formula. Coke is so paranoid about anyone finding our what’s in the formula that they once pulled out of India in the 1970s when the Indian government wanted to know what was in the mixture.
I don’t know about you, but the vault that holds the Coke recipe is a little much… am I right?! LOL! Make sure to give this a share on Facebook before you go, and don’t forget to drop us a comment below.
Make sure you check out 10 of the most heavily guarded places on the planet before you go. (h/r Cracked)