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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted March 25, 2008 10:32      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just got an ideal bag of peanut M&Ms from the machine here at work.

Let me explain my insanity…

M&Ms must be sorted by color and eaten according to two simple rules. First, the color with the fewest M&Ms must be eaten first. Second, in the event of two colors having the same number, they must be eaten in the order of the color spectrum and from darkest to lightest when there are two colors in the same general color range.

Incidentally, the proper order in which to eat colors is: maroon, red, dark pink, pink, orange, gold, dark brown, light brown, yellow, dark green, teal, green, electric green, aqua, dark blue, blue, light blue, purple, light purple, black, silver/grey, beige/cream, white (yes, there really are that many… and there could be more that I’m not familiar with)

So… back to my bag of M&Ms. I opened the bag of M&Ms and found one red, two orange, three dark brown, five yellow, seven green and nine blue M&Ms. The numerical -and- chromatic orders were identical!

I’m quite pleased with this and you can all stop looking at me like that, thanks [Smile]

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OMG Steen, put that bag on eBay!!!

I would eat oppositely, that is I would start eating the colour of M&Ms that is the most plentiful, and mix them up so that I would never tire of the same flavour of colour.

(on a semi-related note, we watched the film Martian Child last night... the child in that movie claims to taste colour, and uses M&Ms to demonstrate his power.)

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Icon 1 posted March 25, 2008 11:58      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
He he... Fantastic habit!

On a related note, google M&M Evolution for another funny M&M story (though it might be one of those that everyone already knows)

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2008 06:04      Profile for brainisfried     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The irony is that the petrochemicals in M&M's and other highly processed foods is probably what is giving you OCD. ADHD is the more common effect of artificial coloring, flavors and preservatives. Mostly they just made me cranky. Really, they make the stuff from coal tar and petroleum. Your nervous system does not approve of this stuff.

Then there's vanillin (nasty stuff used in cheap chocolate) versus real vanilla...

The Link Between Diet and Behavior

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2008 06:34      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by brainisfried:
The irony is that the petrochemicals in M&M's and other highly processed foods is probably what is giving you OCD. ADHD is the more common effect of artificial coloring, flavors and preservatives. Mostly they just made me cranky. Really, they make the stuff from coal tar and petroleum. Your nervous system does not approve of this stuff.

Then there's vanillin (nasty stuff used in cheap chocolate) versus real vanilla...

The Link Between Diet and Behavior

You wouldn't mind providing a link to substantiate any of your claims, would you?

FTFA "members of Parliament and outside experts" don't count. WTF is an outside expert.Wouldn't you want a real expert to do these studies? And these politicians, they know all about complex health issues.

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Icon 1 posted March 26, 2008 07:18      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Err...

1) I think Steen was joking.

I don't sort my M&M's into groups first, but I eat the green ones first. When I was a kid, I made wishes on them.

2) Vanillin is the compound that gives vanilla its flavor. Yes, even vanilla that comes from the plant. It can be extracted from natural sources or brewed up in a lab. Either way, the molecule is the same.

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GrumpySteen

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Actually, no, I'm not really kidding. A psychologist would probably classify me as having borderline OCD because I manage it and it doesn't interfere with my life (usually).

I do little rituals which help relieve the stress that I feel otherwise. Without them, I get moody and out of sorts. The best are the ones with inherent limitations. Eating a bag of M&Ms in a strict order, for instance, automatically comes to an end when the bag is eaten (and I don't buy large bags). I focus most of my OCD things into behavior during eating, in fact, because meals and snacks end in a fairly short period of time and I don't wind up doing the same thing for hours on end.

I try to avoid behaviors like counting random things (steps, holes in ceiling tiles and so forth) because those don't have any inherent end. If I start those, I can get caught up for hours before I reach a point that feels 'right' for stopping and, if I stop before then, I get very anxious and irritable.

brainisfried wrote:
The irony is that the petrochemicals in M&M's and other highly processed foods is probably what is giving you OCD.

No... OCD isn't caused by petrochemicals. There is suspicion that it's caused by low serotonin levels, but that comes from the fact that anti-depression medications that selectively inhibit serotonin uptake often help people who suffer from OCD. L-tryptophan is used by the brain to create serotonin and, if you eat something high in tryptophan and sugar like chocolate, the sugar causes a rush of insulin which lowers blood levels of many other amino acids which results in more of the l-tryptophan reaching the brain (temporarily, anyway).

In short, M&Ms may actually help relieve my OCD from a chemical standpoint as well as providing an outlet for my OCD that doesn't overly disrupt the rest of my day.

Yay M&Ms! [thumbsup]

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Steen, I'm so happy you do that too... I thought I was the only one. [Big Grin]

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Seriously dude.....now I understand why you never get laid.

Leave. The. House.

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_________________________ Steen Back when I was in College the first time BVN many of the student engineers counted M&Ms it was that or snow flakes Mich. Tech. Univ. Well one of the engineering students got his accounting major roommate hooked on counting. So this guy back in the mid sixties , only five or six colors then, figured the ratios and started figuring that the colors were detiremined by dye costs. He wrote his paper on his finding, The prof being the curious sort he was, sent it to M&M the student was hired by M&M end of story.

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Icon 1 posted March 27, 2008 05:58      Profile for brainisfried     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
quote:
Originally posted by brainisfried:
The irony is that the petrochemicals in M&M's and other highly processed foods is probably what is giving you OCD. ADHD is the more common effect of artificial coloring, flavors and preservatives. Mostly they just made me cranky. Really, they make the stuff from coal tar and petroleum. Your nervous system does not approve of this stuff.

Then there's vanillin (nasty stuff used in cheap chocolate) versus real vanilla...

The Link Between Diet and Behavior

You wouldn't mind providing a link to substantiate any of your claims, would you?

FTFA "members of Parliament and outside experts" don't count. WTF is an outside expert.Wouldn't you want a real expert to do these studies? And these politicians, they know all about complex health issues.

Here you go:
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607613063/abstract
That only covers ADHD though. The link to OCD is strictly anecdotal at this point. I'm noticeably more even-tempered since I gave up artificials. They can do all kinds of bad things to your nervous system.

Steen: spend a little more for all-natural chocolate. See if that makes any difference. At the very least it'll be an enjoyable experiment.

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GrumpySteen

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I only buy one or two small bags of M&Ms a month from a machine where I work and that's really it. I don't eat chocolate or candy most of the time. The only affect buying more expensive chocolate would have would be to deny me the pleasure of sorting the candies and eating them in the proper order and that would suck [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Seriously dude.....now I understand why you never get laid.

Leave. The. House.

Where did he say he never got laid?

Steen: That's not even hardly a smallish, tiny, itsy-bitsy, miniscule, undetectable, fly-speck blink of OCD. You perhaps have about a snail's sneeze worth of Anxiety Disorder NOC, but definitely not OCD. [Big Grin]

You haven't lived until you've re-checked you locked car door at least 29 times in about, say, 35 seconds.


FWIW.

gg [blush]

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Well, I also eat my M&M's in a weird way, I very carefully nibble off all the hard candy shell first, making sure I don't damage the creamy milk chocolate underneath, and then let the chocolate melt in my mouth. How's that for OCD? And I also check my alarm clock three times each time I set it, and the locks on all my doors:) Who's the pyscho now? LOL!!!

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GrumpySteen

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geekygoddess wrote:
Who's the pyscho now? LOL!!!

The girl who stabbed me on the first date.

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So, does that explain why your celibate? Hell, I would be too if that happened to me. [Eek!]

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GrumpySteen

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Surprisingly, no... the stabbing didn't even slow me down. The celibacy came about because I fell in love one time too many (or maybe it was one time too few... I still can't decide).

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quote:
Originally posted by Steen:
geekygoddess wrote:
Who's the pyscho now? LOL!!!

The girl who stabbed me on the first date.

You had it coming.
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