27 Jun '14, 9am

Bet you didn't notice it until now

Bet you didn't notice it until now

You can tell by the title that it’s Friday again, that time of the week when I yabber about odd stuff that I learned from trawling the web. NPR correspondent David Kestenbaum noticed something weird recently when he bought two packs of M&M’s, one regular and one peanut butter: the peanut butter M&M’s weighed slightly less than the regular version. Both packs were similarly sized, and both cost the same amount of money. Kestenbaum did what any other person with a Ph.D in physics would do: he took the question to two experts: Sanat Kumar, chair of Columbia University’ chemical engineering department, and Bill Edwards, a former Rowntree executive who has had a lot of experience investigating rival products (which would include M&M’s). And like proper scientists, they posited possible theories and went on to test them. Theory 1: Peanut butter M&M’s are more expensive to manufa...

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