I was astonished at the grocery yesterday to see Razorback pop-tarts. It is not a joke; five schools have given permission to use their logos on frosgted strawberry pop-tarts. I think I will have to buy some for #2 son’s visit.

Pop-tarts have an interesting history, actually. They had a scary spell in the 1990s when they caught fire in the toaster (or were rumored to) and burnt stupid people (or were rumored to).They were sued by one of these stupid people. Inquisitive Aggies conducted an experiment that found that a strawberry Pop-tart could, under the right circumstances, produce flames. Dave Barry wrote a column about it and people everywhere rushed to try it out for themselves. See photos.

Having briefly been an exciting and dangerous food, Pop-tarts became somewhat unpopular around the turn of the century. The company tried a bunch of ill-thought-out variations and unsuccessful marketing efforts. Pop-tarts were eventually saved by the fact that they are one of the few foods that can be eaten at the computer without risk to the hardware.

I am not joking. Unlike other favorite computer user foods such as pizza, candy, and cookies, Pop-tarts have no crumbs, no drippy elements, and no sticky or greasy residue. They seem closer to actual food than coffee or gummy bears, too. They are therefore the perfect food to provide sustenance during those 14 hour coding or gaming marathons.

Now you know.