Remember that old Charlton Heston movie Soylent Green, where they found out the food supplements distributed to the masses were actually made of people. Famous line, "You gotta tell them, Soylent Green is people! You gotta stop them somehow!" I'm not even gonna spoiler alert that, it's a 45 year old movie. Get with the times, man.

Anyway, that's the backdrop of this unfortunately named meal replacement shake, Soylent. It has to be intentional, since Soylent Green is such a pop culture staple. But it's a weird thing to name a meal supplement. I haven't tried it yet, so I can't conclusively say whether or not it tastes like people... but I hope it's not.

I have seen the ads all over the internets, and heard it discussed in podcasts. For the past several years it's been sold exclusively through the internet, as it was developed by a tech start-up in Silicon Valley. It recently made the jump to brick-and-mortar with a deal with 7-Eleven stores. Now it's coming to Hannibal by way of a deal with Wal-Mart.

Soylent will initially only roll out to about 10% of their national stores, but Hannibal's Wal-Mart is on the list. It won't carry all the flavors, just Cocoa, Vanilla Latte and Coffee. I'm interested to know A) If any of them taste like people and B) How the hell they've been around for five years without releasing a Green flavor, like kiwi or kale or something.