A woman of unidentified hair colour called her husband at work and said, “Can you help me when you get home?” “Sure,” he replied, “What’s the problem?” She then told him, “Well, I started a really hard jigsaw puzzle and I can’t even find the edge pieces.” “Look on the box,” he advised. “There’s always a picture of what the puzzle is to look like.” She did and said, “It’s a big rooster.” Then when the husband finally arrived home he told her, “Okay, put the corn flakes back in the cereal box.” Pardon the corny joke, but there’s nothing corny about the attack on the King James Version when it comes to the use of the word “corn.” The term is found there 102 times and has resulted in the charge, “How could the KJV translators properly use the word “corn” when such a crop was unknown in biblical times? The answer is simple – what we call grain today they called “corn” back then. A check of any 16th century English dictionary defines “corn” as follows: “A single seed of certain plants like wheat, rye, barley, etc.” And so when the Hebrew or Greek text did not specify a particular crop, the translators used the proper generic designation of their time, i.e, “corn.” It was the Mayflower Pilgrims, who upon arriving in the New World in 1621 (ten years after the 1611 KJV was printed) and learning from the Indians of this new kerneled crop – decided to change the word “corn” from meaning something in general to something specific. And by the way, there are Englishmen who still use the old term to this day – and what we call “multi-grain” they call “multi-corn”.
When the Pilgrims learned from the Indians about corn, they came upon one of God’s great gifts to mankind. Here are three of many reasons why this is so:
Amount – One seed of corn typically produces a stalk bearing two cobs, each with 400 to 600 kernels. Thus, it multiplies itself a 1,000-fold in one generation. If you replant the seeds from one corn stalk and each grows to maturity, each stalk bearing two cobs with an average of 500 kernels per cob, you then get one1,000,000 kernels. And that’s just the second generation. If you plant those one million kernels and each stalk grows to maturity, you get a 1,000,000,000 seeds in just three generations!
Appetite – Corn is one of the summer’s simplest pleasures. A fresh-picked ear cooked to perfection and lightly buttered and salted is pure sweetness. And an ear has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. In other words, this antitoxin-loaded vegetable is one of the healthiest foods at a cookout. Just make sure it is freshly picked (less than a day out of the field) and fresh inside (when pricked the kernels should squirt out a whitish juice).
Adaptability – Corn is used to feed both people and livestock (with nearly 4,000 food items in a large grocery store containing corn ingredients). But there are also hundreds of other uses for this versatile plant including- bioplastics, biofuel, adhesives, ceramics, antibiotics, aspirin, surgical dressings, leather tanning, metal plating, shoe polish, rayon, disinfectants, cosmetics, soaps, paint, dyes, printing inks, plywood and wallboard, sandpaper, linoleum, rubber substitutes, rust preventatives, drilling fluids, dusting agents, insecticides, textiles, carpeting, paper products, antifreeze, solvents, explosives, and on the list goes.