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Jamee's picture
Jamee
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That's brilliant! I should do that from now on :D
btw I'm a big fan. I'm getting lots of inspiration from your site, and I absolutely adore your drawing style. Mine's very similar to yours!

p.s. first post ever :3

OneUniverse's picture
OneUniverse
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JAM surely thinks "the more the merrier."

OneUniverse's picture
OneUniverse
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Many of the engineers I've known do the same cost-benefit analysis for *everything*, so this strip is nothing new.  Thanks JAM. 

Foilboy's picture
Foilboy
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You know, I love eating animals (LOVE!... Eating!... Animals!... UM NOM NOM!) but it creeps me out when manufacturers animate their food (or food-like offering).  Nerds, M&M's, Chips Ahoy... if they're talkin', then they've got some serious infrastructure... guts n' stuff.

Those Nerds with eyes don't look crunchy and yummy at all (which they are)... they look like they'd be squishy and slimy and slug-like, with tough skin that would get caught in your teeth.

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Suilean Dubh
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Not to mention when they start giving them character traits, like in the case of the M&M's... Especially the green one. She's supposed to be sexy... and then... we eat her? I mean, besides the obvious crude pun... What?

Kristin Machuta
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I totally agree with you! I want my food to be dead or 'dead' not animated XD

Steven Maloney
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What would suffice? making the animated cookie/candy dead? and what about the Kool-aid man? you drink from him but he talks and stuff. so aren't you drinking blood at that point? Xp

KZ69's picture
KZ69
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This takes me back to marketing class. Good times.

bk-o's picture
bk-o
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Did you divide each color up and mass their respective totals to obtain the percentages of each?...

AJ_Two's picture
AJ_Two
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Haha it sounds like me doing predictions for stuff in history, politics et al (considering costs/benefits, etc.). It isn't even mainly for showing off, it's just a thrill to be using that knowledge with someone else of your own free will. That said...

Did you actually count the Nerds or did you use a thin tube, count the number in, say, a cm and then use that to estimate?

General Specific's picture
General Specific
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NEEEEEEEEEEERDS!!!!!!

 

And I don't mean just the candy.  :P

TJ's picture
TJ
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The king of all candies.

Vanessa Kelly
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Oooooo, you could subject each colour to a variety of chemical processes found in the human digestive system to see if eating more of one colour will affect anything!

Probably just makes your mouth change colour though... -_-;

Oakwright's picture
Oakwright
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You can't just leave us hanging here... what numbers did you come up with?

Dosko's picture
Dosko
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whatever the cost, the pink ones are the best

Bradley Coon's picture
Bradley Coon
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*gasp* purple has escaped the bar graph.  Either it is obviously the most expensive and must be rationed shrewdly, or the cheapest and most abundant, forcing Jam to leave it off the graph lest the other colors feel inferior.

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Vabolo
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From past experiences, I have determined that pink and purple are abundant, yellow and green are somewhat less common, and that one should feel blissful to find a red gem in the rainbow ore.

Stephanie Crisp
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im from Tasmania, Australia and i would just like to point out that this made me wish they still sold nerds here. -.-

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Osprey
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On a smaller scale, I have use this to help keep kids occupied and to learn probablity and factions.  They got to eat a pack of candy if they got all the answers correct.  And then I still do it for kicks every now and then.

Blaku's picture
Blaku
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the first post i've read since i ran in to you at tcaf.....i think i made the right decision when i typed in the url lol

Kristin Machuta
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But what if the amount in each color isn't decided on the color, but the FLAVOR of the crunchy candy?? They use natural and artificial flavors. Wouldn't it cost more to produce one than the other??

Blaku's picture
Blaku
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the first post i've read since i ran in to you at tcaf.....i think i made the right decision when i typed in the url lol

Cborne's picture
Cborne
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I think you'd need to buy a few hundred packs to reliably determine the proportions with a fairly high confidence interval...

...which makes me want to actually do this. Great comic! 

ZekeStaright
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My God, that's a lot of sorting, there's like 10+ colors & maybe a thousand of those tiny lil guys o(>w<)o

I wish they'd bring back the sour ones, those were addicting

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Somsphet
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Hey, just joined. spent the past three days reading all your comics lol. No idea how i find this sight, but im glad i did ^_^ thought it was epic awsoumesauce how you know two of my fav webcomic makers, snafu and VG cats :D keep up the great work! congrats on marrying trevor, and congrats on gradamuating.

mr man's picture
mr man
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This comic reminds me of my engineer friend who made a machine that sorted m&m's by colour.

Fuseblower's picture
Fuseblower
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Hmm. I think that all this really demonstrates is one of the less fortunate side-effects  of teaching statistics to engineers, who generally tend towards the anally-retentive...

Guess what? I *really* don't want to know what the answer to all this counting is!

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Qwazzerman
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I actually did something like this in high school, but with M&Ms.  It was a class project; each person buys a party-size bag of candies, then counts the number of each color.  Even within the huge bag size, there was definitely unenven distribution (from what Mars claims on their website).  But when the class combined numbers, the proportions leveled out more.

 

 

SCIENCE (and math)!

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daughterofthestars
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Obviously, this comic made me start using the world obviously too much.

 

Obviously.

 

I also quoted this verbatim to myself after going out of my way to get dog food and granola bars for a homeless guy with a puppy on his shoulders.

 

"I had to. Obviously."

 

Unfortunately by the time I got back to him, he had disappeared and now I just have to hold onto the stuff hoping I see him again. XD

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