November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Bored Guy 1: Let’s make a new candy!
Bored Guy 2: Ok. How about little sugar pills that come in straight foil wrappers?
1:Sounds good. We’ll add different colors and flavors. But we need a more interesting presentation.
2: How about putting it in a toy? People love toys.
1: Yeah but it has to be small and cheap. Let’s make one that dispenses the candy pills!
2: Wait wait wait wait listen to this — we’ll fashion them after popular cartoons. They’ll be sure to sell!
1: So how will people get the candy out?
2: They’ll flip the characters head back and the candy will come out the neck.
1: The neck?!?!?
2: Have any better suggestions?
1: No. What will we call this neck-dispensing gadget?
2: I don’t know. Pick a letter between a and z.
1: P. Your turn.
1: PZ doesn’t spell anything!
2: Yes it does. PZ.
The First People To Try Pez: I’ve always dreamed of tipping back the head of a little plastic voodoo doll to get a tart little colored sugar pill out of the doll’s neck!
(PEZ actually has a rather interesting history. It was created in Austria in a peppermint factory, which is the reason for the outlandish name — p, e, and z are letters from the German word for peppermints. Eduard Haas created the candy in the early 20th century, marketing them first in a rectangular metal tin which was later replaced by a small dispenser to be used by adults as breath mints. PEZ wasn’t marketed to children until the 50s. The U.S. supposedly consumes roughly 3 billion of the little candies each year. For the real history of PEZ, visit http://www.pez.com/index.php)