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Ever heard of M&M 'duels'?

Old 10-31-05, 12:42 PM
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Ever heard of M&M 'duels'?

"The M&M Duels

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 "
Old 10-31-05, 12:43 PM
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I have done the same thing since I was a kid. Every time. That's weird...
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No. I usually have better things to do with my time.
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I used to do that, but then I'd just eat them both.
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You are twisted, and now I will join your fun.
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I think you have to much time on your hands, I just segregate mine by color.
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Of course, by engaging in an M&M duel, the structure of the winning M&M is compromised. The winner of the first M&M duel has virtually no chance of surviving to become the M&M champion of that bag.

To make the results of your experiment more valid, you should set up a bracketed tournament. This way all the M&Ms that survive to round 2 (,3, etc.) have each been subjected to the strains of an equal number of M&M duels, except the one that gets a bye if there are an odd number in the bag.
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I bite them in two, eat half, then eat the other half
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Old 10-31-05, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by sdcrym
To make the results of your experiment more valid, you should set up a bracketed tournament. This way all the M&Ms that survive to round 2 (,3, etc.) have each been subjected to the strains of an equal number of M&M duels

I agree 100%. Your duel process is flawed.

Your pool of winners are cowards: M&M's hiding at the bottom of the bag.

Do the bracket system. Winners go into a seperate bowl, and are randomly selected for round 2. Repeat process and post your results
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Originally Posted by Mopower
No. I usually have better things to do with my time.
Right, like post helpful comments on a DVDTalk message board....
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Originally Posted by sdcrym
Of course, by engaging in an M&M duel, the structure of the winning M&M is compromised. The winner of the first M&M duel has virtually no chance of surviving to become the M&M champion of that bag.

To make the results of your experiment more valid, you should set up a bracketed tournament. This way all the M&Ms that survive to round 2 (,3, etc.) have each been subjected to the strains of an equal number of M&M duels, except the one that gets a bye if there are an odd number in the bag.
See, I like the "Gladiator Rules". No weight class, no bracketing.
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
See, I like the "Gladiator Rules". No weight class, no bracketing.
Perhaps, but you aren't able to say that the final M&M is the strongest of the herd as you did in your first post. Only that it was the M&M with the best combination of strength and luck with respect to becoming the last remaining M&M of the bag, where luck was likely the predominating factor.
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Originally Posted by shoppingbear
Right, like post helpful comments on a DVDTalk message board....

Yes.
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Originally Posted by movie diva
I think you have to much time on your hands, I just segregate mine by color.
Racist!

Down with segregation!

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Originally Posted by Vryce
Racist!

Down with segregation!

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Originally Posted by sdcrym
Perhaps, but you aren't able to say that the final M&M is the strongest of the herd as you did in your first post. Only that it was the M&M with the best combination of strength and luck with respect to becoming the last remaining M&M of the bag, where luck was likely the predominating factor.
Dont you believe in lucky colors? Lucky genes should be passed on too!
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I look for ones that don't have an "M" printed on them. If I find one, I send it back to M&M/Mars as defective and demand a replacement.
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I would think that a broken M&M would taste the same as an unbroken one, and I fail to see why one should be eaten first over the other. However, I don't know whether the breaking of the candy shell has any effect on the freshness of the chocolate inside, so that might be a consideration. If it does, you might not want to break them at all.
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I wish they had vegan M+Ms so I could play....

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Well, in the wild, M&Ms with a weaker shell are unable to protect themselves against predators. Commercial breeding has made them weaker for the sake of promoting color variations.
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when I need to hit a HR, I eat the green ones.
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I've done both the bracketed approach, and the linear one originally mentioned. While the bracket approach may seem more fair, there's nothing quite like seeing a super M&M take out 2 (or rarely 3) fully rested opponents. Yeah, it gets eaten right away, but it's not really about finding the ultimate winner. It's just about celebrating the strengths of the different winners that come along, and then eating them when they die. It's quite exciting. The romans would have lasted a lot longer if they did this with M&M's instead of humans.
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Originally Posted by Bandoman
I would think that a broken M&M would taste the same as an unbroken one

If you score a touchdown it can be exciting. But a touchdown in practice and a touchdown to win the Superbowl have different levels of excitement. So go on and keep eating M&M's in exhibition mode. But you will never truly experience victorious flavor until you eat them tournament style. Yeah, we may like all the players on the field... but a superstar will always be more highly regarded by the fans. And a fallen hero... well, we lift them up in delicious joy.
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
Lucky genes should be passed on too!




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