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Take Marjie Stout, of Tampa, FL, who, to her surprise, recently found herself throwing together a bunch of spaghetti tacos. "I'd never heard of them," she told Slashfood -- but her eight-year-old daughter Sophie, an iCarly fan, had a craving. So how were they? Depends whom you ask. Sophie dug them. Marjie, on the other hand, pronounced them "kind of messy and weird."
Messy and weird they may be. Nonetheless, Syracuse University professor of popular culture Robert Thompson said the spaghetti taco has the air of inevitability about it -- "sort of like chocolate and peanut butter running into each other on that Reese's commercial," he told The New York Times. Plus, they've "made it possible to eat spaghetti in your car," he said. "It's a very important technological development."
Are they here to stay? It's too soon to tell whether they'll be the longest-lasting contribution that iCarly makes to popular culture. But right now they're making a serious foray into the tween foodie world, and no one is more surprised than iCarly's creator, Dan Schneider. "It was just a little joke I came up with for one episode," Schneider told the Times. "Then it turned into a running joke. And now it's this thing people actually do."
If you think it's something you (and your inner 12-year-old) might actually do, too, check out the official recipe. Or just wing it. Because, really -- despite all the hype, folks, it's just spaghetti in a taco shell.