Re: virus: M&M Evolution

Drakir (
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 16:48:05 +0100

D. H. Rosdeitcher wrote:
> Here's something a friend sent me, which was
> copied from someone who definitely has too much time on
> their hands. It can explain how memes "compete". --David

I'm sure I've seen this somewhere before, possibly on this list. I like

> >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 cracks 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. I
> >have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive
> >long in the intense theatre of competition that is the modern
> >candy and snack-food world.
> >Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen,
> >or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this
> >proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the
> >candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt
> >to its environment.
> >When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the
> >strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this
> >one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars,
> >A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along
> >with a 3x5 card reading, "Please use this M&M for breeding purposes."
> >This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a
> >free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this "grant money."
> >I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field
> >of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion.
> >There can be only one.
> >Chris Ward
> >



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