The “Nutjob” Part

One of the stocking stuffers that my father gave my mother for the holidays this year was some Mint Chocolate M&M’s. During lunch, they came up in discussion, so I took out my iPhone and pulled up my review of Mint Crip M&M’s from May. Since my parents really don’t know how to use the iPhone, I had to zoom in on it so they could read it.

This zooming hid the fact that it was my review that I showed them.

During the discussion, the question of “who reviews M&M’s?” was asked, and was quickly answered by my father as, “some nutjob with too much time on his hands.” After pointing out that the “nutjob’ in question was me, my father quickly backtracked as best he could, but the damage was done.

My shrink loves my parents, by the way.

The Milk Chocolate M&M’s Review Part


Mint Chocolate M&M’s are quite delicious. They are chocolaty and minty, and that’s what you want in a mint chocolate candy. As you can see by the photo, there is a large white chocolate center that is infused with mint flavor surrounded by a decent amount of dark chocolate, which gives the candy a more minty flavoring whereas I prefer a nice balance of the two. On the taste factor alone, I would be apt to give it a 7.5/10, but I’m reviewing an M&M here, not your standard run-of-the-mill after dinner mint.

Mint Chocolate M&M’s are part of their Premiums line. The outer coating of a Mint Chocolate M&M is a mottled, dark green coating and, unlike normal M&M’s, is made out of wax. There’s no hard candy shell that has made sure that M&M’s “melt in your mouth, not in your hand’ for decades. These will melt anywhere, especially your hand, and probably at the most inopportune time.

The hard candy shell is what sets M&M’s apart from other bite size chocolate candies. It’s the hard candy shell that has made M&M’s one of the most widely recognized candies in the world. Just because you create a bite sized chocolate candy and stamp an “M” on it (in some cases a “W”, a “3”, or an “E”) does not mean that you’ve made an M&M. These are nothing more than every other mint chocolate candies in a slightly fancy package.

Rating: 4/10

Puzz-3D NYC manual cover

Ever since posting about Wrebbit’s “Puzz-3D NYC”, I’ve been asked where people can find them since they’re no longer available at retail. I’ve found the best place to be eBay or, where used ones sometimes appear. Unfortunately, a lot of the used ones don’t include the manual.

While the manual is not absolutely necessary to complete the puzzle, it definitely helps, and when the puzzle has over 3,000 pieces, every little bit helps. I’ve scoured Hasbro’s web site (Wrebbit is now owned by Hasbro) and have been unable to find the Puzz-3D NYC manual, including their Toy & Game Instructions list where other Puzz-3D manuals appear.

For the betterment of mankind, I’ve scanned my manual and make it available in PDF format. It’s quite large, at 75MB, because it was scanned in at 200 dpi so it could be zoomed in to or printed out if necessary.

2008 will have an extra second added to it

Due to the rotation of the Earth, a “leap second” has to be added to 2008 to keep clocks accurate.

They had to add an extra second to 2008?  It wasn’t bad enough, so they made it longer?

December 28, 2008

“The Big Picture’s” year in photographs

Great pictures.  And they’re BIG.  Also see Part 2, and Part 3.

December 26, 2008

‘Earthrise’ is 40 years old today

The famous photo of the Earth as seen from lunar orbit was taken 40 years ago today.

December 24, 2008

Periodic Table of Awesoments

Not surprisingly, Bacon is #1.  Overall it’s fairly accurate, but a few mistakes stand out.  Boobs at #13?  Really?  Cheese beats it by 5?  And sniper is way too high at #5.  Jedi and sniper should swap.  Ribs and beef jerky need to swap also.  And mullets shouldn’t be on it at all!

December 23, 2008

Headbanging might be bad for you

Researchers find that headbanging may cause mild head injury (duh).  They suggest banging your head to every other beat or listening to different music.

December 21, 2008

Las Vegas got 3.5 inches of snow

Heaviest snowfall in 30 years for the area.

December 19, 2008

Hangover helpers from around the world

National Geographic lists ten cures for the common hangover.  None of them are especially appetizing (except maybe the Netherlands), and a few are just downright nasty.

Josh’s hangover cure…two McDonald’s hamburgers.  The hard part is finding someone to go get them for you.

December 18, 2008

Scientists may have found out why we yawn

It may have something to do with maintaining our brain’s temperature.

I’m going to suggest more testing, especially right after drinking a Slurpee really quickly.

December 16, 2008