Monday, October 1, 2012

The Hidden Message In OREO Cookies

The mysterious name, the strange symbols; what exactly is going on with this cookie?

OREO? One source claims “Oreo” to be rooted in a Greek word for “mound”, which the cookie is said to have once resembled, but I have been unable to find any such word that would fit to verify that.

In Jewish mysticism, each letter has symbolic meaning based upon its shape. In this ’system’, “O” is an open, hungry mouth, “R” is an arm (the upper part bicep and the lower part forearm), and “E” is a hand, though admittedly missing a couple fingers. The “O” also neatly fits the shape of the cookie, forming a word that could easily be shorthand for “cookie, arm, hand, mouth”, a subtle suggestion to eat more (not that we really needed it).

Around the “OREO” centerpiece we find a strange symbol; an oval with a double-bar cross coming out of the top. This is an old alchemical symbol for ‘amalgam’, which is an interesting way to reference the black cookie/white icing mixture that is the crispy/creamy goodness of our beloved snack. The Templars were into alchemy, weren’t they?

There are 90 little hashmarks that make up the cookie edge. In the Memphis-Misraim system there are 90 degrees to be worked. Does the edging of the cookie really carry a coded message about ties to Egyptian Freemasonry or is it just chocolaty calories? Speaking of Egyptian connections, could Nabisco, the makers of Oreo cookies, have something sinister in its name? NABIS-CO? As in, Anubis, the hungry jackal-god of Egyptian mythology? Probably not. It’s a shortened form of NAtional BIScuit COmpany, right? Right.

Well, what about the twelve cross formée, favored symbol of Knights Templar and their alleged offspring, the Freemasons, which surround the name? Twelve is powerful in numerology (another pastime of occult artists), but according to the creator of the cookie’s design, William A. Turnier, there was no Masonic connection, although his father did happen to be a freemason.

That still doesn’t explain the inverted square and compass that sits underneath the Oreo symbol. Maybe I’m reaching here, but I’ve blasted through half a package of Double Stufs and I’m not slowing down now.

In fact, I’ll go as far as to suggest that the dot/dash pattern around the edge is actually morse code. E is a single dot, A is a dot dash, and T is a single dash. E-A-T all the way around the cookie. SUBLIMINAL ADVERTISING AT IT’S VERY BEST!

I need some milk.

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