Experiments Involving 'The Breeding Properties Of M&Ms'


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Well, it's not about movies, exactly, but it is from Roger Ebert. The letters section on Ebert's blog includes a gem from a gentleman named R. Crutch, who explains that he is investigating candy with an evolutionary perspective:

Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.

Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them breaks and splinters. That is the "loser," and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior... .

Believe me, there's more where that came from. Read the whole thing.



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As a child I found Skittle duels more of a steel-cage sport than M&M duels. I'm not casting aspersions here, I'm just saying one puts people to sleep and the other is a pay-per-view sport. As far as one color shell being stronger that the other... pink seems to be winner every time ?!?!? The lesson to be learned here is one must be very strong and brave to wear pink.

Sent by Johnathon Henninger | 5:38 PM | 8-25-2008

That's the funniest thing I've read all day, but that picture looks more like Nestl?? Smarties than M&Ms to me.

Sent by mstewart | 11:41 PM | 8-25-2008

Brilliant! Makes me want to get some M&M's right now!

Sent by Sheri | 11:23 AM | 8-26-2008

OMG i used to do this when i was little!!!

Sent by Alexandra | 2:23 PM | 8-26-2008

This "comment" has been around for a while as an email forward."Please+use+this+M%26M+for+breeding+purposes"

Sent by Rod Begbie | 4:21 PM | 8-26-2008

Strength? Robustness?
This is a bit sad.
If the candy is stronger and therefore less breakable
it is superior?
Send this man a bag of rocks!

Sent by Kenan Marlin | 6:40 PM | 8-26-2008

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