Monday, September 19, 2005

Kickin' Wit Da Peeps


This past weekend, I introduced a new acquaintance to a group of my friends. During the course of general conversation, where he was being given a mishmash of friendship history, the word "peeps" came up, and one of my friends said "Have you told him about "The Peeps?" Uh...no I had not, but I did. This isn't exactly the kind of thing you want to dump on someone new, but he was amused and asked to hear more.

I suppose it began one Spring when I asked my brother to drop by with his chainsaw as I had a dead dogwood branch that needed taking out. I had made up an Easter basket, and with the other candies I had tucked (for tradition's sake) some Peeps. If you don't know what a Peep is, it is that tiny pastel colored chick made of marshmallow, and it's the kind of thing that begs to be tossed, batted, mangled or tortured...anything but consumed.

MARSHMALLOW PEEPSĀ®: Welcome to the official website of MARSHMALLOW PEEPSĀ®




Having successfully defined "Peep," The Peeps research "peep show."

A pink Peeps went outside with us, and I took a picture of my brother chainsawing it. I left anoth
er one in a tree where the squirrels ignored it until time and weather finally had their way with it.


When I showed my friends the picture of the chainsawed Peeps, they loved it, and Peep fever took over. Shortly after this, our group was invited to another friend's wedding in Philadelphia and Peeps went with us. Peeps visited the Liberty Bell, Freedom Plaza, Rodin's statue of "The Thinker," and they even went in a bar where they drank martinis and got drunk. Right behind this, my friend Tony went to Key West and yes, Peeps were packed for their holiday in the sun. Beach, more booze and birds:



"I got so wasted on Duval Street last night. I kept doing Chicken Drops."
(one part Jager, one part peach schnapps, one part orange juice)



For a while I went off on a real trail of weirdness and did experiments with Peeps which mainly consisted of me blowing them up in the microwave:




Others have taken it much further:

http://www.peepresearch.org/vacuum.html

Peeps, Smoking & Alcohol


...Peeps kick ash.



I suppose it's true of any group of friends--you'll g
o off on weird little tangents, do playful things, have little inside jokes. Frankly, until they were mentioned the other night, I had forgotten all about Peeps. Luckily, our newest group member had a good sense of humor, and he enjoyed the stories and even begged for some pictures. So new peep....and Peeps...this page is for you:


...and you thought I had forgotten about you.













19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

peter peeper picked a peck of peeps.

smoking peeps? say it ain't so.

those peeps are packing!

if tony and i go to the renn fair, i think i'll need to bring some peeps along.

grince

10:17 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Funny. For a while, every Easter I would buy my wife a box of Peeps, because I knew she hated them.

Next you need to do a blog about Circus Peanuts - the worst confection ever invented by man.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Is So Over said...

I think Maple Nut Goodies, a favorite of my mother's, deserve a spot on the Grossest List, despite lacking the marshmallowy texture of the treats you're discussing.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Complacent Chase said...

Cute Peeps. pics! (say that fast 5 times)
I just LOVE your sense of humor Cube!
Anyhoo...
Since we are talking about gross candy...how about candy corn. I hate that sh*t! I think they are the most disgusting candy, ever!

7:41 PM  
Blogger ThaiMex1 said...

For me the grossest candy available was Black Licorice strips. I was never into that candy though I loved the red flavor.

One candy bar that I could not do without as I grew up was a concoction called "The Zero Bar." MYGOD, that was so sweet! It was rumored around the grade school that if you ate more than 3 bars you could be legitimately sick the next day. I never tried it.

T-Squared

8:20 PM  
Blogger Island Queen said...

LOL... love the Peeps pixies! My mother always gave us Peeps for Easter and it's still a tradition among us siblings. :-)

9:56 PM  
Blogger Miss Penny Lane said...

I LOVE THAT POST!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Miss Penny Lane said...

I LOVE CANDY CORN, TOO! And the candy pumpkins. YUM!

9:58 PM  
Blogger KOB said...

My life was vacant, empty until the peeps started arriving in my house. I welcomed them at first. I found the first few on the kitchen counter, then on the dining room table.

I accidentally sat on some. I didn't see them on the couch, watching TV.

My morning shower was delayed because the peeps were using it.

They are now tying up the building elevator.

I'm calling homeland security.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Power to the Peeps, KOB. *cheep*

12:37 AM  
Blogger A Unique Alias said...

I loved the peep research page, particularly when they submerge a peep in liquid nitrogen and then smash it with a hammer.

Maybe I have issues.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous drew said...

Mad propz!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Yes, MPL, the pumpkins rule. I always liked C.C. too.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Complacent Chase said...

Candy Corn = ugh!

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone in D.C. seen any Halloween peeps yet? I checked CVS this week, and nada, bubkus, zero.

grince

9:09 AM  
Blogger JordanBaker said...

This is beautiful--I've always loved the Peeps.

Have you tried the other holiday ones? The Xmas gingerbread man peeps are nasty.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Sweetipi8 said...

Hi, I'm 11 and I did my science project on the same thing you did with the Peeps.It was awesome fun!Some other people should try it!:)

6:00 PM  
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