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Questions regarding Peanut Butter M&M's
Vending Machine | 7/29/09 | Me

Posted on 07/29/2009 10:52:19 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666

I just purchased a package of Peanut Butter M&M's that has led me to ponder three things:

  1. Why does the name M&M's contain an apostrophe-s?
  2. Why is the package Net weight 1.63 oz.? Maybe related to a metric measure you might suggest. Well they also list that at 46.2g. Why not 1.5 oz. or 50g?
  3. Why can't they balance the colors? There's always at least one under represented color. My package has 6 blue, 6 orange, 5 green, 4 brown, 3 yellow, and only 2 red.


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KEYWORDS: candy; colors; mms; weight
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I'm sure there are smart people here who can shed some light on these items for me. Thanks in advance.
1 posted on 07/29/2009 10:52:19 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

You have entirely too much time on your hands.


2 posted on 07/29/2009 10:53:41 AM PDT by noname07718 (Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction-Ronald Reagan 1993)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

It doesn’t matter, you’re only supposed to eat blue ones. Everything else is a commie plot.


3 posted on 07/29/2009 10:54:12 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (It takes a viking to raze a village!)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Why? Why?

Don’t know. The daughter got a bag the other day. I ate it when she looked the other way.

Not too impressed with them.


4 posted on 07/29/2009 10:54:24 AM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

5 posted on 07/29/2009 10:54:30 AM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: LongElegantLegs

I like to eat them one at a time. My wife eats them by the handful and I think that’s just wrong.


6 posted on 07/29/2009 10:55:37 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Why does the name M&M's contain an apostrophe-s?

Because each M&M belong to the M&M next to it. They are possessive that way. :->

7 posted on 07/29/2009 10:55:59 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Me thinks you need a hobby . . . perhaps internet backgammon, turkey bowling, go to the mall and have yourself paged . . . something.


8 posted on 07/29/2009 10:55:59 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

It’s because of Obamacare.

The more people try to figure it out, the more confused and frustrated they will become, eventually needing psychiatric care and ultimately euthanasia.

All this because he is from Kenya and is an American hating, Muslim, demon-spawned, baby killer.


9 posted on 07/29/2009 10:56:17 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

According to a Mars Candy Corporation spokesman, the brown, yellow, and red M&M’s don’t have as powerful lobbying groups representing them on the Mars Candy diversity council. However, the council did issue a statement that since yellow and red have their own larger than life representatives on the television ads, that red and yellow should shut the heck up about being underrepresented in the population in your bag.


10 posted on 07/29/2009 10:56:39 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Make sure you immediately throw out the W’s, they are bad for you!


11 posted on 07/29/2009 10:57:26 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
You have got way too much time on your hands. Really.

My guess on the weight is that they are looking for a certain volume, which happens to come to that particular weight. The colors are not dispensed individually into the bags, the candies come down a conveyor mixed. I don't believe that they produce the colors in even numbers either.

It occurs to me that since I have answered you, I have entirely too much time on my hands today. I'm going outside and getting busy immediately.

12 posted on 07/29/2009 10:57:39 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Uhhhhhh.....just don’t eat the ‘green ones’. ;-)


13 posted on 07/29/2009 10:58:07 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama. Clear and Pres__ent Danger.)
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To: mnehring

LOL!


14 posted on 07/29/2009 10:58:14 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
I like to eat them one at a time. My wife eats them by the handful and I think that’s just wrong.

I segregate them by color and then eat them in groups. I do the same with Skittles, but with those you actually have different flavors so that actually makes sense even to someone without OCD.

15 posted on 07/29/2009 10:58:29 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Perhaps you can answer this question— how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?


16 posted on 07/29/2009 10:58:29 AM PDT by green pastures (Soylent green? More like solvent green: health care reform to kill folks and 'save' social security.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

I tried the new coconut M&M today. Very good! I think it’s limited time.


17 posted on 07/29/2009 10:58:35 AM PDT by Gypssy (Smart, Womanly & Conversative! :-)~~~)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
#2 Why is the package Net weight 1.63 oz.? Maybe related to a metric measure you might suggest. Well they also list that at 46.2g. Why not 1.5 oz. or 50g? #3 Why can't they balance the colors? There's always at least one under represented color. My package has 6 blue, 6 orange, 5 green, 4 brown, 3 yellow, and only 2 red.

Re #2- my guess would be packaging weight so the M&M's weight is consistent and an even number.
Re #3- wild guess, it would take too much of an expense to make a machine that balanced that better for the fraction of a fraction of people OCD enough to notice.

18 posted on 07/29/2009 10:59:08 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: green pastures

Three!


19 posted on 07/29/2009 10:59:44 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Eat, or eat not. There is no why.


20 posted on 07/29/2009 10:59:51 AM PDT by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
My package has 6 blue, 6 orange, 5 green, 4 brown, 3 yellow, and only 2 red.

..you might want to contact the Department of Indian Affairs so they can sue for proper representation...(the "how" Indian, not the *pointing to the forehead*)

21 posted on 07/29/2009 11:00:10 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

I know virtually nothing about M&M’s, but I suspect that insofar as the weight is concerned is tgat at some earlier date the package weighed more and rather than raising the price the reduced the weight.


22 posted on 07/29/2009 11:00:10 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Did you know that if you put an M&M in a glass of water with the “M” facing up that it will eventually separate and slide off? It isn’t printed on there it is actually a thin film of paper stuck on there.


23 posted on 07/29/2009 11:00:30 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: noname07718
"You have entirely too much time on your hands."

Beat me to it.

24 posted on 07/29/2009 11:01:01 AM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

M & M’s are available for purchase at craft stores, in large quantities, of individual colors, in individual bags. Don’t know about the weight. You can get all the blues your heart desires!


25 posted on 07/29/2009 11:01:31 AM PDT by freeagle
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
These are important questions, and I for one am glad to see that someone was finally brave enough to address them.
26 posted on 07/29/2009 11:01:52 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Just enjoy the M&M’s and relax way too much thought involved in eating a bag of candy! LOL

But if you want a conspiracy the blue ones contain a chemical that make you stupid and therefore move to Rio-Linda and vote Democrat....Our RNC operatives managed to sneak in and plant the two Red ones (Code name DEEP Chocolate).........Take the RED ONE’s and your will be contacted.......LOL


27 posted on 07/29/2009 11:02:06 AM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Well, you obviously stole Mr. M&M’s candy. He even wrote his name on the package. He didn’t have much space to write “This bag of candy belongs to M&M”, so he just made it possessive with an apostrophe.

I’m telling on you... eating that nice man’s bag of candy.


28 posted on 07/29/2009 11:02:40 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
"I like to eat them one at a time. My wife eats them by the handful and I think that’s just wrong."

Interesting. My wife does the same thing with french fries - eats them one at a time. It drives me up a wall, and has for more than 25 years.

29 posted on 07/29/2009 11:02:46 AM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Its a conspiracy.


30 posted on 07/29/2009 11:03:21 AM PDT by envisio (95% of blacks voted for Hussein, but the whites are told to get past skin color.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666


They've been testing blue M&M's on rats. Be careful. Be very careful.
31 posted on 07/29/2009 11:03:25 AM PDT by Sundog (Lord Obama wants an African kleptocracy. Forget about a republic. Forget about a democracy.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

that’s cuz it’s....

“Bush’s fault”!


32 posted on 07/29/2009 11:03:37 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Are you serious?

I wish I had your time to ponder these idiotic things.

Lay off the weed!


33 posted on 07/29/2009 11:04:34 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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“Why can’t they balance the colors?”

You have to wait for the vernal and autumnal equinoxes. Then you can balance them.


34 posted on 07/29/2009 11:05:16 AM PDT by green pastures (Soylent green? More like solvent green: health care reform to kill folks and 'save' social security.)
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To: jakerobins

It is all economics—cheaper dyes = more of that specific color. May not seem like much $$$$, but when manufacturing millions of MM’s, those fractions of a penny all add up.


35 posted on 07/29/2009 11:05:17 AM PDT by nymomx2
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Why can't they balance the colors? There's always at least one under represented color. My package has 6 blue, 6 orange, 5 green, 4 brown, 3 yellow, and only 2 red.

That I can answer. All color M&M's are dumped into a hopper where a certain number are then dropped into the little bag. To have the colors equal they would have to have six hoppers and the bag would have to stop six times. This would be a waste of space, time and money.

36 posted on 07/29/2009 11:05:20 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

To answer your “why” -

WHY NOT?

It’s because they CAN.


37 posted on 07/29/2009 11:05:29 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
The same reason that the legal definition of a dollar is 371.25 grains of fine silver?

ML/NJ

38 posted on 07/29/2009 11:05:35 AM PDT by ml/nj
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Why can't they balance the colors? There's always at least one under represented color. My package has 6 blue, 6 orange, 5 green, 4 brown, 3 yellow, and only 2 red.

The colors are balanced - buy a whole "run" you'll get exact representation. What you would do with a few hundred pounds of M&M's might be a larger problem...

39 posted on 07/29/2009 11:06:00 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

What a coincidence!

There’s presently a $500 million government study devoted to these same three questions.


40 posted on 07/29/2009 11:06:41 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: OldDeckHand

I eat nuts, french fries and pretty much everything one at a time. My husband will finish his meal in one third the time it takes me. It doesn’t seem to bother him.


41 posted on 07/29/2009 11:06:47 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: OldDeckHand

You mean you can eat more than one french at a time?

Who knew!


42 posted on 07/29/2009 11:07:00 AM PDT by green pastures (Soylent green? More like solvent green: health care reform to kill folks and 'save' social security.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Go to my FRprofile (my name below), and about 1/2 way down the profile is a story called “Green M&M’s”.

.....Bob


43 posted on 07/29/2009 11:07:13 AM PDT by Lokibob (When handed lemons...Refuse to sign for them. Life's lemons can't be delivered without a signature.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

An old man and a young man work together in an office. The old man always has a jar of peanuts on his desk, and the young man really loves peanuts.

One day, while the old man is away from his desk, the young man yields to temptation and scarfs down over half of the contents of the jar. When the old man returns, the young man feels guilty and confesses to his crime.

“Don’t worry, son. I never eat the peanuts anyway,” the old man replies. “Since I lost my teeth, all I can do is gum chocolate off the M&M’s.”


44 posted on 07/29/2009 11:07:27 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

I saw something about this on cable TV. But, I wasn’t interested so I did remember what they said. Food network has all these answers and more. Maybe it was just the regular M&M’s not peanut butter. This also might very by country. If you go to their website you can order only the colors you want.


45 posted on 07/29/2009 11:07:42 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (I eat Cheerios's with out a Prescription!)
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Call the company and ask them.I’m sure they will have a better answer than anyone posting.


46 posted on 07/29/2009 11:09:26 AM PDT by taxtruth
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Why can't they balance the colors? There's always at least one under represented color. My package has 6 blue, 6 orange, 5 green, 4 brown, 3 yellow, and only 2 red.

Repression from the majority orange and greens, obviously. The greens breed like rabbits and will join the majority by 2030. The browns do the jobs that the blue and orange won't do. The yellows and reds are mired in the past and practice permanent victimhood and want to be handed majority status without earning it.

Either that, or the machines fill the bags randomly color-wise. Not sure which.

47 posted on 07/29/2009 11:09:26 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (CITIZENS OF LIBERTY! RISE UP AND DEFEAT THE EVIL BEAST, OBAMUNISM!)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

#3 M&Ms for packaging are dumped into a hopper, they are then packaged by weight, not by color distribution. Now whether or not all colors are equally represented in the hopper to begin with, have no idea, suppose its possible they make fewer of one color than another if that color costs more to make.


48 posted on 07/29/2009 11:10:02 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Most “scientists” are bottle washers and button sorters.

Robert Heinlein


49 posted on 07/29/2009 11:10:11 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

I don’t know. I’m diabetic and can’t eat them, so consider yourself lucky and don’t worry about the little stuff.


50 posted on 07/29/2009 11:10:44 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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