From a journalism standpoint, we don't think highly of polls because they get easily misinterpreted ... unless, of course, they involve food. ABC News (can you imagine) did a poll of what people eat for breakfast. What they typically eat — not important. What their favorite breakfast of all time was — very important.
Some of the top combinations were peanut butter and banana sandwich; donut and Coca-Cola; fresh shrimp, scrambled eggs; cashew waffles; pork loin and cheese; liver and grits; pancakes with gravy; and cereal, Reese's Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, beer, and eggs.
Cold pizza gets eaten by 39 percent at some point of those polled. I appreciated that they quoted from the Christine Lavin song back in 1986:
"I want cold pizza for breakfast and a pinch 'o cold spaghetti will do; But there's nothin' in the world that I like better than eatin' cold pizza with you."
I have been a fan of Lavin and that song for about that long. Nice to see her get a mainstream mention. She's very funny and worth a listen. Every so often, she is featured on Dr. Demento.
As for me, the strangest breakfast: I eat spaghetti a lot so it's hard to count that. I have sat on several occasions in a Jack in the Box with its Sourdough burger, fries and a pop at 6:30 a.m. My favorite non-traditional breakfast is probably the Jack in the Box experience; but my favorite traditional breakfast would be Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with the oodles of icing and about a pig's worth of bacon slices.
By the way, since we believe in disclosing poll info whenever possible, here we go: this ABC News poll was conducted by telephone May 11-15 among a random national sample of 1,000 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation were done by TNS of Horsham, PA.