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“In Soviet Russia, animal crackers eat you!”
Animal Crackers are animal-shaped cookies (?) designed by carnivorous subhumans as brainwashing tools by which to corrupt innocent children who, without such indoctrination-disguised-as-treats, might become vegetarians, eschewing the abuse of the very animals they consume in the form of the diabolical snack shapes.
edit Typical Shapes
Lions, tigers, and bears (oh my) are typical shapes for the so-called crackers and they are sometimes packaged in a box that resembles a circus wagon with folded wheels, no discernible bars or restraints, and a handy shoe lace handle topping the "carnivore car".
Why a shoelace? Some might ask. Or what the hell does a shoelace have to do with a circus car? And also, do circuses even travel by railroad cars these days? The answer is no. No, no, and stop asking so many damn questions.
In all, 37 animals have joined the animal crackers' menagerie, including the tiger, human children, cougar, camel, rhinoceros, kangaroo, hippopotamus, bison, lion, hyena, zebra, elephant, sheep, bear, gorilla, monkey, seal, and giraffe. According to Daniel ("Oz") Osbourne, an authority on the snacks, only the monkey wears pants. The other animals remain "naked."
Occasionally, children may come across some extinct species of crackers such as unicorns, chimera's, krakens, and centaurs. One time a particularly observant child spotted the Virgin Mary in a pile of broken crackers at the bottom of the box which he later sold on ebay for 50K.
Much like potato chips, Fritos, Doritoes, and tortilla chips, the 80% rate of breakage is par for the course and although disappointing, must be accepted as a rite of passage for gluttonous children the world over. Blah blah blah, go outside. Note, most children are carnivorous and enjoy eating the heads off the animals.
edit Confusing Messages
To confuse matters, Animal Crackers look like crackers but taste like cookies. Known for being the only cookie that calls itself a cracker they are also the only cracker that tastes like a cookie. Critics say that the ambiguity is intentional. If the children can be confused as to whether they are consuming crackers or cookies, they can also be tricked into believing that cereal tastes like children's vitamins because bubblegum tastes like amoxycillin, and cough drops taste like cherries, therefore causing them to detest all three.
After asking "which animal is this?" half a dozen times, most children are told to get dad a beer out of the refriginator and go ask mom why the gorilla cracker looks like the giraffe, elephant, tiger, hippo and bear. Most moms don't need to look at the cracker to answer the question. They knew the answer before it was asked - "If you don't shut the hell up and eat your goddam crackers, I'm gonna give you a whooping you'll never forget! Now bring me my fucking pills and the vodka and tonic dear. Mommy has a migraine."
While some children are briefly puzzled that these "animals" bring out unreasonable anger in grownups, they quickly move on to more important questions such as "why does a bathtub sponge live in a pineapple under the sea?" or "can I have spaghettios for breakfast?". So what the hell are we teaching our kids? Same things we were taught, just in a better, easier to understand way. The message is: you're fucked.
There has been much confusion as to whether these snacks are crackers or cookies. So in an attempt to find the answer a survey was conducted of 1,000 people. The survey resulted in the snacks being called crackers 82% of the time, cookies 11% of the time, and molded chalk 7% of the time.
edit Secret Recipe
- 500 lbs. of flour
- 1 TBSP. Sugar
- 400 lbs. of graham cracker dust
- several sticks of butter
- a bottle of vanilla extract (90% alcohol)
Mix above ingredients into a Play-Doh-like structure, mold into various shapes, and bake at 500 degrees for 2 years. Remove from oven and sell to thousands of grocery stores like Winn Dixie and Wal★Mart. Hire a good lawyer.
edit Attempted Improvements
To address the confusion, a European-esque country recently introduced a chocolate covered animal cracker/cookie/candy to the world in an effort to boost Ritalin sales. After one chocolate covered animal cookie/cracker, one child was heard to question "is this a zebra, or a goat or a horse, because it has stripes like a zebra but it's too small to be a horse even though it's brown and I've never seen a brown zebra have you? and anyways goats have square eyes but horses don't have stripes and the teacher at school said blah blah BLAAAAAAAA!" At which point a nearby adult exclaimed, "it's a goddam' fuckin' cowpie now!, thanks to your 10 minute investigation, ok? Just lick the puddle of chocolate off your hands and go wash your hands before I have you arrested for verbal abuse! (exit sobbing sadly misunderstood child stage left).
edit Boycott Threats
People for the Elevation of Transcendent Animals (PETA) urge "mothers and others" to boycott the purchase of these "cruel crackers," targeting the four biggest "offenders": Nabisco, makers of Barnum's Animal Crackers; Keebler Company; Stauffer's; and Sunshine.
edit Proposed Compromise
In an attempt to placate PETA advocates, Nabisco, Keebler, Stauffer's, and Sunshine proposed replacing the standard zoo animals with imaginary and extinct ones, suggesting that such creatures as the fabled phoenix, the mythical roc, the extinct tyrannosaurus rex and the vanished dodo bird, and the mythological griffin, the hippocrite, the centaur, the lamia, the mermaid, and the satyr take the place of lions, tigers, bears, and other actual animals. PETA called the proposal "asinine," contending that, "real or imaginary, animals are animals," and said that it is wrong to promote them as appropriate food or clothing sources. "I wouldn't even have a hippocrit as a pet," a PETA spokesperson said, "whatever a hippocrite is."
As a result, PETA staged a protest involving groups of naked anti-animal cracker activists throwing animal shaped cookie (/cracker?) cutters onto a bonfire while roasting marshmallows for their politically correct graham cracker based smoores.