33-year-old Mick Hobday likes Corn Flakes so much, he decided to spend roughly a decade sampling them all over the world. In the course of his journey, the British citizen estimates that he’s eaten 4,000 bowls, spent at least $50,000, and visited 63 countries.
“I’ve eaten them for breakfast from a young age, but I later began to eat them more and more – sometimes as a quick and easy lunch and dinner,” he explained. “I thought my idea was the perfect way to combine my two passions.”
Hobday recently published a book, “The Adventures of a Hard-up, Diabetic Traveller with a Corn Flake Problem,” in which he describes some of his wilder trips:
I’ve camped in a mosque and outside Venice with 200 dogs, I’ve visited ancient sites such as Machu Pichu and a lost city in the Colombian jungle. I’ve hang-glided over Rio and Hot-air ballooned over the Valley of the Kings. I’ve come across hippos, bears, Komodo dragons and an anteater. I’ve been diving with sharks, seahorses, dolphins and I’ve ridden a camel and an elephant. I’ve encountered all sorts of people, from an evangelical Christian in Albania, to a guy in Mauritania who lent me his house. I’ve seen the Sahara, the jungle, walked on glaciers, I’ve taken boats down rivers and I’ve also cycled over 13000 miles, through 21 European countries. I’ve modelled in a fashion show , been interviewed in Spanish on Peruvian radio, I’ve searched for UFOs in the desert, flown over the Nazca Lines, been to a music festival in the Sahara and I was almost kidnapped by Al-Qaeda.
Here are some of the photos from his journey, which he posted on Facebook:
The Daily Mail gathered Hobday’s top and bottom five “Corn Flake experiences.” The top 5 are:
1. Egypt – Crunchy flakes whilst sitting on the Giza plateau.
2. Turkey – Great flakes, tasted sweet.
3. Bosnia – At the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun in Visoko.
4. UK – With the flakes I grew up loving outside Stonehenge.
5. Germany – nice crunchy, dark tasty flakes before England v Sweden in World Cup 2006.
And the bottom 5:
1. Mauritania – The camel milk was awful.
2. Bulgaria – They were really cheap and like plastic.
3. Indonesia – Cheap flakes and the milk was warm.
4. Albania – Eating them next to a motorway, I could taste smoke.
5. Singapore – The flakes tasted awful after the extortionate price I had to pay.
In an interview with Portsmouth News, Hobday was asked whether he retains his early enthusiasm for the cereal after all these years.
“I’m very sick of them to be honest with you,” he responded, eating a bowl at that very moment. “Especially when these are my mom’s, and they’ve probably been in the cupboard for about three years.”
Here’s the full interview: