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Tori Amos' Real-Life Stint as a Cornflake Girl

Long before Tori Amos sang “Cornflake Girl,” she was Cornflake Girl.

Back in 1984, when Tori was just 21, she beat out Sarah Jessica Parker to star in ads for Kellogg’s Just Right, a breakfast cereal with flakes, raisins, dates and almonds. Apparently the experience of uttering monosyllabic moans of delight for whole grains wasn’t the artistic release Tori was looking for, and after a couple of other disappointing Hollywood experiences, she decided to get her music career in order.

I’m sure you’ll agree with Tori after you check out the video. It reeks of the ‘80s:

For the record, the hit song doesn’t have anything to do with the Just Right commercial. Tori’s official story is that she was inspired by the Alice Walker book Possessing the Secret of Joy, which is about female genital mutilation. What Amos took from the book was women betraying other women, and she turned the concept into Cornflake Girls vs. Raisin Girls. There are lots of homogenous flakes in a cereal box, but only a few meaty raisins.

That’s the official story. But don’t you think maybe just a little bit of her was inspired by the time she shilled for Kellogg’s?

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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