Thanks to my habit of separating M&Ms by color before eating them, I've noticed that the statistical distribution of M&Ms is quite skewed. It's not just that brown M&Ms are much more common that the other colors while red and green tend to be rare; often one color dominates so thoroughly that the results can't be random--I've had distributions that were on the order of 10^8 to 1 against.

Since I do have some kind of a life I haven't investigated this...any further information on this would be appreciated. Perhaps we could start an Everything database of M&M color distribution as a research tool.

Whenever an idle question about a product crosses my mind, I like to immediately jump on the phone and call the toll-free consumer help lines for an answer (such as, "Why do Hershey's Kisses become covered in white powder when you refrigerate them?"*).

Shortly after blue M&Ms came out I wondered "Why are there fewer blue M&Ms in a package than any other color?". So I called the company. First, the operator apologized for there not being enough blue ones - she said they were having problems in the production stage, and the imbalance would soon be rectified.

However, she said that the differing color distribution in M&Ms is entirely intentional, and follows a color scheme that has been determined to be most pleasing to consumers.

* It's the cocoa butter rising to the surface.

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