When I was young I had a neighbor who was an extreme cheapskate. She believed any stale baked good could be transformed back to edible by toasting it. One day my mother said she was over at her house talking when my neighbor decided to make a sandwich. She pulled out some moldy bread and popped it in the toaster and then got a knife and scrapped the area where the mold was. Presto! It was now transformed into non-moldy, non-stale bread! Using my neighbor's logic, I figured maybe somebody left the cereal box open and now the flakes were stale and Valla decided that maybe putting them on a plate and placing them in the toaster oven would make them crispy again. You wouldn't believe what people will do to save food. My mom said my neighbor would look through bags on the side of the road and if she found food that didn't look too bad she would eat it. Realize this is in the 70s when Americans thought it was completely acceptable to toss old McDonalds food bags out the window. What was weird is this lady wasn't poor.