Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Treats Bugs Won't Eat

Not even a nibble.
I was visiting with Harley at his cabinet shop.  He was working on a new project he wanted me to see. When I arrived I noticed something brilliant yellow in the parking lot.  I walked over to look at what it was, someone had tossed some marshmallow peeps out in the lot.

When I went in the shop I mentioned them.  Harley told me they had been there for a couple of days, “Really?” I asked.  There was not a bug mark, bird peck, dog slobber, no animal interaction at all, what could be in the peeps that a free ranging animal would not even inquire if the item could be eaten with a peck or cursory bite?

Then I thought we feed these things to our children what do the animals know that parents don’t?  I used to love these things when I was little.  As a matter of fact one of our shippers saw the peeps on my desk after I had taken the picture and wanted one.

Wikipedia claims “peeps are sometimes jokingly described as "indestructible". In 1999, scientists at Emory University performed experiments on batches of Peeps to see how easily they could be dissolved, burned or otherwise disintegrated, using such agents as cigarette smoke, boiling water and liquid nitrogen.[12] They claimed that the peepop eyes of the confectionery "wouldn't dissolve in anything".[13] Furthermore, Peeps are insoluble in acetone, water, diluted sulfuric acid, and sodium hydroxide.[14]

Now that is a bit disconcerting.  Children are eating treats bugs won’t eat, how are parents supposed to know these things?  We can’t just leave food lying around in the parking lot waiting for a bug to walk by. 

I don’t have verification of this but I was told you can do the same thing with Twinkies. Yeash!!  Maybe the EPA should have a sticker for treats, "bug tested, edible".
God Bless,
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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