It’s a Peep Show!!!???
All the peeps fit to eat! Easter always brings out the peeps, those teeth-corroding marshmallow balls of sugar, and there’s a ton of peep news to go with it. A Google News search for “peeps” will dump hundreds of stories in your lap, just from the last week or so. That’s way more than usual though not quite as many as the 700 million peeps we were collectively supposed to have eaten this Easter season.
The Washington Post has said that the average person eats 2.3 peeps each spring without explaining the math.
There are peep fanatics out there maintaining websites featuring everything from Peep erotica (which has nothing to do with the old “peep show”), to an inventive online movie called “Lord of the Peeps.” There’s a clearing house of Peep websites: geekbabe.com/peeps. And yes, there’s an official site (and it’s pretty obnoxious): MarshmallowPeeps.com.
Peeps are sometimes jokingly described as “indestructible.” In 1999, scientists at Emory University performed experiments to measure the stress and heat tolerance of peeps. What happens when peeps are placed in a vacuum, in a hot tub, in liquid nitrogen, electrocuted, etc? You can see the unholy results at PeepResearch.org, but warning: The scientists claimed that the eyes of the little peepsters “wouldn’t dissolve in anything.” Furthermore, peeps are insoluble in acetone, water, sulfuric acid, and sodium hydroxide. And you ate some?
For what it’s worth, Sacramento, CA, hosts an annual peep eating contest, the Peep Off, usually the Saturday after Easter for the sole reason that, by then, $30 will buy about 10-thousand peeps.
One year (2003) the winner downed 103 peeps in 30 minutes. His name: DENNIS GROSS. Appropriate.