Smash! Blam! Kablooie!
For some of us of a certain age, those were the soul-soothing sounds of Saturday mornings. We'd snuggle up in our footie PJs and with our chocolate-frosted sugary cereal, turn on the telly, and watch hours of delicious, nutrient-free television. Was this stuff good for us? Sure -- just the same way our sugary cereals were "part of this balanced breakfast." Our cartoons -- and the syndicated weekday animated fare that followed -- were as tasty as a spoonful of saccharine, and just as nutrition-free.
Or so it seemed. Looking back, it turns out we learned quite a few valuable lessons from some of our favorite cartoon characters while glued to the tube.