Sunday, April 09, 2006
The Jello Belt
Okay so this isn't a book, but I was reading so I think this entry is appropriate for my reading blog. My nephew Ben is really a great guy with a fun personality and a charming smile. I was reading his Furiousblog tonight and found an article about the Jello Belt. WHAT?! Hard to believe but this is an actual entry on Wikipedia.com.
The Jello Belt is a colloquial term in American English that refers to the parts of the Western United States with large populations of "Mormons" (properly called Latter-Day Saints). In academic literature, the area is more commonly called the "Mormon culture region.
The name "Jello Belt" references the affection that Mormons supposedly have for Jell-O (a gelatin-based food), particularly when served with shredded carrots, or blended with canned fruit and set in molds. Green Jell-O, for some reason, is the most stereotypically Mormon of Jell-O flavor-colors. Jell-O has been designated Utah's official state snack food.
And of course, they include the map. So funny!