When I was a kid, I heard some people joke that a field of popcorn would be white and fluffy. Even then I knew better; that’s why we had a popcorn popper in the house. Now that joke has come true. A farmer living just west of Louisville has reported that corn actually popped in his field.
Apparently a combination of high heat and irregular rainfall (yes, August was a dry month for us) caused this to happen. Well, I knew the past few days were hot, but not THAT hot. Now why don’t we ever hear about this happening in states that are hotter than Kentucky, like Florida? When I lived in Florida, we had the Zellwood Corn Festival every May, in a small town about 17 miles northwest of Orlando. I remember hearing about country music concerts there, but I never heard of corn popping before it was picked. Moreover, Florida in May is as hot and dry as Kentucky in August; that’s why sinkholes are likely to appear in May, when the level of water underground drops.