Daily Dirt: Ziona and his family tree will be long remembered


Daily Dirt for Sept. 8, 2021

Trust me, the name you will remember from today’s Daily Dirt thoughts is Ziona. Welcome to Vol. 61.

Steve’s favorite cereal lacks fiber and protein, but it has plenty of sugar. Wikipedia

1. I’ve always considered myself a cereal connoisseur. I love to walk through the cereal aisle at local supermarkets in search of my next box(es). After researching today’s Daily Dirt, I may have to change my mind on some of my favorites. A spoonuniversity.com report penned by Patricia Janick lists the worst cereals on the market, as far as nutritional value and sugar content are concerned.

1. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks: I’ve never had this brand, and with a 55 percent sugar content, I can pretty much guarantee I never will.
2. General Mills Trix: This was a longtime favorite of mine. I need to rethink.
3. General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch: “Very little protein or fiber,” according to Janick.
4. Post Oreo O’s: “It’s not completely hard to believe that a cereal named after a cookie is not the healthiest option for breakfast,” Janick wrote.
5. Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies: Just 3/4 of a cup contains 120 calories.
6. Kellogg’s Fruit Loops: Another of my favorites. Or should I say former favorites? It seems 44 percent of its weight is sugar.
7. Kellogg’s Raisin Bran: I grew up thinking this was extremely healthy. I always loved Raisin Bran. “Shockingly, this supposedly healthy cereal actually contains some of the (highest sugar content) of all cereals,” according to Janick.
8. Post Fruity Pebbles/Cocoa Pebbles: I’m not upset or surprised about these being on the list. I always considered them rather disgusting.
9. General Mills Lucky Charms: Equally disgusting, plus the marshmallow factor.
10. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes: I am heartbroken over this inclusion. This is my all-time favorite cereal. Apparently, a serious lack of fiber and protein no longer makes Tony the Tiger gr-r-r-r-reat.

Lester Holt calls ’em like he sees ’em Wikipedia

2. Prowly.com‘s annual ranking of the most trusted network newsmen and newswomen tell us who most Americans watch — and trust — for honest, fact-based reporting:

1. Lester Holt, NBC: Simply the best overall talent.
2. Anderson Cooper, CNN: Steady, unflappable.
3. David Muir, ABC: A rising superstar.
4. Robin Roberts, ABC: Remember when she was an ESPN sports anchor?
5. Christiane Amanpour, CNN: A veteran and longtime viewer favorite for her often emotional profiles.

Family members of Ziona, right, pose for a group photograph outside their residence in Baktawng village in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram in 2011. Wikipedia

3. The head of what is believed to be the world’s largest family died earlier this summer. Ziona, who went only by his first name, died in India at age 76. Ziona had 38 wives and 89 children, according to information supplied by officials in Mizoram, a northeastern Indian state where Ziona lived. He was part of a tribal sect that promotes polygamy, according to CNN.com.

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I once had a 32-inch waist. I forget what year of grade school it was.

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