Right before you spoon those delicious Cocoa Puffs into your mouth, let me warn you: You're partaking of paganism! Well, no, not really. Confused yet? Let me explain!
Like the nerd I am, I have been studying the ancient Romans. (Hey, history is fun!) I was interested in the festivals that would have taken place in April. Lo and behold, the festival that would currently be taking place is the Festival of Cerealia.
Ceres? Yes, the grain goddess. Fields and crops are sacred to Ceres; thus, foxes are punished during this festival for destroying precious fields. This week-long festival was also celebrated by games at the Circus Maximus. (I wonder if this is why games are so popular on the back of cereal boxes?)
So I think you got it. Our tasty cereal derived its name from Ceres and her festival Cerealia. (Drop the ia and you've got cereal!)
So go eat some scrambled eggs....