Beloved cereal mascot guilty of stolen valor?

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Beloved cereal mascot guilty of stolen valor?

Kind of a funny thing going around the internet.  Although it is clearly silly, I do like that it is drawing attention to what I continue to believe is a pretty important thing.   Anyway, from the UK Daily Mail:

Cap'n Crunch, America's beloved mascot who has stood at the helm of breakfast cereal for more than four decades, has found himself in the middle of a controversy when it was alleged that he is not, in fact, a captain. 

In a blog entry posted last Friday on the site FoodBeast, writer Charisma Madarang revealed that while the moustachioed Cap’n's blue uniform displays three yellow stripes on his cuff, U.S. Navy regulations state that a captain is marked by four stripes. 

In other words, Horatio Magellan Crunch is not a Cap'n, as he has been known since 1963, but rather only a lowly commander.

Amid the manufactured brouhaha surrounding his alleged demotion in rank and accusations of treason online, the fictional cereal mascot was forced to take to his Twitter feed to refute the allegations. 

'All hearsay & misunderstandings! I captain the S.S. Guppy with my crew, which makes me an official Cap'n,' Mr Crunch tweeted Monday to his 14,745 followers along with the hashtag #CrunchatizingRumors.

Anyway, I do love me some Cap'n Crunch, and I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, since his sugary culinary expertise is without peer.

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I agree this is quite silly, and unless I'm mistaken, is technically a non-issue. Although I'm Air Force, I believe it is customary to refer to the commanding officer of a ship as Captain regardless of actual rank.

You do not have to hold the rank of Captain to be the Captain of the ship. Many a Lt. Commander and Commanders are Captains of their ship.

There's also Captain Caveman. And don't forget Captain Kangaroo.

Oh wait, he already passed. Guess the Neanderthal better find a cave to hide in.

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