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Thursday Flakes: Bagels, Self-Driving Cars and Immortality

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What’s your favorite kind of bagel?

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Who wants a rainbow bagel?
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Bagels have been around for centuries but in 1610, they were first mentioned in the written records of Krakow, Poland. Bagels were later brought to New York City by Polish immigrants in the late 19th century but didn’t become popular in the Big Apple until the 1970s. Of course, bagels can be now be found in many shops in many different types of flavors.

I used to eat bagels a lot for breakfast when I was in high school. My Mom would go to the grocery store right when it opened, grab a huge bag of them in the discount bin and bring it home in time for breakfast. The chocolate chip bagels were always my favorite but nowadays they are a bit hard to find anywhere. I never added any spreads to the chocolate chip bagels because it took away a bit of that chocolatey goodness. If it was a regular bagel, I might have added some cream cheese depending on the mood.

Nowadays, bagels are a bit hard to find especially when traveling in Panama or around Central America but there are plenty of delicious breakfast options to choose from over here.

What is your favorite kind of bagel? Toasted or untoasted? Do you add any cream cheese, butter, jam or Nutella to your bagel? Let’s hear it down below. Anyways...onto Flakes.

Frosted Flakes

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Travel

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The Rest

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Last But Not Least

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This is the most insane drone video I have ever seen.