Friday, March 21, 2008

Annual Marshmallow Peeps Post


I discovered this silly website a couple of years ago. It's still hysterical and especially appropriate for Easter week-end. It seems that some scientists (apparently with some time to kill in the lab) are conducting laboratory experiments on marshmallow peeps. They have an entire website devoted to their studies.

One particularly cute experiment was "the effect of alcohol and smoking on marshmallow peeps."
http://www.peepresearch.org/smoking.html

First, the peep was exposed to alcohol and did exhibit s
ome signs of inebriation, such as bumping into the walls of the swimming vessel:



Then, the peep was permitted to select a brand of cigarette and smoked without apparent ill effects:


However, when smoking and alcohol were combined, the effects were catastrophic:

Their conclusions: "The synergistic effect of smoking and alcohol in Peeps produces a rapidly exothermic oxidation reaction, leading to a chemical and morphological divergence from the wild-type Peep phenotypes."

The marshmallow peep appears to be an excellent experimental model for the synergistic effects of smoking and alcohol!

8 comments:

Kvatch said...

Eeeewwww! If I ever needed a demonstration of why I shouldn't ever take up smoking...

Fantod said...

Thanks for the reminder, doc! I'd forgotten about that site. It's hilarious!

eyedoc333 said...

Hee hee!

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fifa-munzen said...

Der Marshmallow-Peep scheint ein ausgezeichnetes Versuchsmodell für die Synergieeffekte von Rauchen und Alkohol sein!

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