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Wednesday, 24 January 2007
It's a sickness...

We all know I'm a little picky about the way I fold my towels. So you shouldn't be surprised to find that I have other, um, issues. Last week I read a "weird things about me - food edition" meme. As I was trying to think of weird things about my food habits, one really stuck out. I have certain rules for eating things like M&M's and Reese's Pieces, you know, little candies you eat by the handful that are different colors. I tried to define the 'rules' for myself and found they are a lot more complicated than I had ever thought. And a little subjective. Let's see how you measure up (I'll demonstrate using Reese's because there are less colors, therefore less rules)...


Do you...
A. Grab some and throw them in your mouth?
B. Sort them into color piles?
C. Eat one of each color in a pattern (ie, orange, yellow, brown, orange, yellow...etc)?
D. Throw away the brown ones, because everyone knows that brown foods are dirty?






Now that you have (B.) sorted them into color piles, which one(s) do you eat?
A. All of the orange ones.
B. All of the brown ones.
C. All of the yellow ones.
D. Two at a time making sure to keep the color ratios evenly balanced.
E. Crap, there's two odd numbers. Obviously those odd ones must be eaten together, even if they aren't the same color.
F. In any order, making sure not to put more than one color into your mouth at any given time.
G. Three at a time. One of each color.
H. Whatever is required to make sure you have the same number of each color



My god, until I started writing this, I didn't really realize how, um, crazy I am. While each of the choices A-H could be a valid answer, it all depends on the handful you have chosen to start with. In this case, the correct answer is H:

Followed by D.


Of course.

Here's another one, just for fun.
Do you...
A. Grab some and throw them in your mouth?
B. Sort them into color piles?
C. Eat one of each color in a pattern (ie, orange, yellow, brown, orange, yellow...etc)?
D. Eat all of the yellow ones?
E. Eat all of the orange ones?
F. Eat all of the brown ones?




This one's trickier. See how there are just way two many orange? and very few yellow? It would take a while to get the ratio down to an acceptable level, so you must (D.) eat all the yellow ones first.







Then B

Now what?
A. Eat all of the orange ones.
B. Eat all of the brown ones.
C. Eat two at a time eating orange first until the colors have about the same number.
D. Eat two at a time. One of each color.
E. There's more than twice as many orange as brown. Eat some orange until it's exactly twice as many, then take turns with the 3 piles.


Yeah, it's a sickness. Anyway. E is the answer.







So what completely illogical things do you do? Do you make up "rules" for things? Am I OCD? I don't think so, because it's different everytime. I just have to go with my gut feeling on how asthetically pleasing the arrangement is.

Oh, and if you answered D to the first question? You're definitely crazier than me

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 12:19 CST

Name: "jill"

stay out of my brain, DAMN YOU! it's not fair! apparently I have the sickness too. do you think we caught it somewhere or it's a genetic thing,, in which case, well, hell can i call you sis? lol

Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 12:21 CST

Name: "jill"

although i have argued with people who won't eat blue m and m's because "foods just shouldnt be blue" to which i replied.. umm blueberries? and got told, no those are purple.. to which i replied, really? yes.. to which i said, "can i have the blue ones then" he he. stolen chocolate! so much sweeter!

Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 14:55 CST

Name: "Erin"
Home Page: http://the-looney-bin.blogspot.com

Hi.  I've been meaning to respond to your emails and just haven't had a chance. 

I just experienced a similar thing on Monday night.  I bought a bag of M&Ms to eat at a meeting.  I poured some of the M&Ms out of the bag and began to separate them into piles by color and then eating them.  I eat them two or three at a time, also eating the odd colored ones together (i.e., three orange, five blue: eat one orange and one blue).  The lady sitting next to me told me she was going to have to sit next to me more often because I'm very entertaining.  Apparently she was getting a kick out of watching me eat my M&Ms.  

So you, like Jill said, need to get out of my head.  :) 

Except that I hate Reese's pieces.   Icky.   So I only do this with M&Ms.  With Skittles, I eat the purple and red ones together (so yummy!) and give away/discard the rest.  

Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 21:26 CST

Name: "Cousin Valerie"

It was like one of those games where you pick a letter, add one, and then think of an animal that starts with that letter and so on and so on and finally the person guesses what you were thinking.  I was wondering how you kept knowing what I would pick.  I was with you the whole way.  It's so hard to say what is learned and what just runs in our genes.  We're definetly a bit OCD.

Thursday, 25 January 2007 - 10:26 CST

Name: "jill"

I agree, skittles are NOT the same. I HATE purple so I eat those with yellow or green to cancel out the taste of them, also eat those 2 colors together or separate and then the orange ones and then red. Usually I just dump them out of the bag and eat them a few at a time, not the whole bag at once... much easier just to eat starburst.. my mouth is too small to eat more than one of those at a time anyway.. oh and btw--my husband agrees, so the sickness is  s*#ually transmitted as well!

Thursday, 25 January 2007 - 10:51 CST

Name: "Katie"

Erin asked me a question:
Do you have rules or habits with candy bars?  For me, with a Hershey's chocolate bar, I can't just take a bite from the bar, I have to break it up into the individual pieces and eat them separately.  But I can eat a 3 Musketeers bar without breaking it. 

I think with candy bars, the issue is the bar itself. Chocolate is meant to be eaten in peices, not bars. Crunch and Hershey's must be broken. Hershey's are convenient, but I break the Crunch ones too. Snickers, 3 Musketeers and the like are not just chocolate, so it's ok to eat them whole. Hershey's pieces get eaten around the sides first. More specifically, short sides first, then long sides, then the middle. I eat Reeses Peanut Butter Cups chocolate first. I munch all around the sides and the bottom, then pop the rest in my mouth. The top doesn't come off real well, so I don't always eat it first. Same thing with Kit-Kats. Sides first.

Yes, I'm a candy freak. I wouldn't eat much if I was at home (and rarely do on the weekends), but at work, I have no little children around to see (and model) my terrible eating habits. Right now I'm on a yellow Zingers kick. They're not exactly candy, but oh the sugar... (drool)

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