Two years ago, a woman named Sydney Newberry became famous, not for curing a disease or winning Olympic gold but for writing an Internet comment. On a brownie recipe.
Since then, Newberry's insanely perfect New York Times brownie comment has enjoyed several rounds of viral success, and for good reason.
It's glorious. And mysterious. A true classic.
The Cooking section of The New York Times is like the Wild West of the Internet.
You just never know what’s going to happen there.
Remember Peagate from 2015? The New York Times tweeted out a recipe for Green Pea Guacamole, launching a wave of Internet rage unlike any other that came before or since.
Even Barack Obama, the actual President of the United States at the time, weighed in and was like, "Nah."
Like many things, Obama was right about this too.
Peas? In guacamole? No thanks. We like our guacamole sans tiny, chalky green explosions in our mouths.
People, like People Magazine, just can't seem to leave guacamole well enough alone.
Apples?! In guac?!
A travesty. Honestly, what did guacamole ever do to you other than be a fresh, delightful dip for crispy, salty tortilla chips?
But apples? Cue the Internet's collective gag reflex.
Clearly, there are some fishy things happening on food verticals all over the digital space.
But this next story, well, it’s one for the history books.
Some time ago, The New York Times posted the recipe for Katharine Hepburn's Brownies.
The simple recipe for these fudgy delectables became an instant classic for its simplicity.
Oh right, and also the bats**t insane comment left on the recipe by the one and only Sydney Newberry…