UPDATED: I answer the questions I posted below on the jump.
ORIGINAL POST 9/12/13: Movie studios and TV networks often dream up interesting ways to catch the attention of busy journalists. Two of my favorite examples of promotional swag from years past: an actual toaster, complete with styrofoam slices of toast with the slogan “The coast is toast,” to promote the movie “Volcano”; and a stuffed dog covered with a papier-mached body cast to promote “There’s Something About Mary.”
But I blanched when I opened a box to discover a miniature toilet promoting the Destination America network’s new show “King of Thrones,” which gives people the “bathroom of their dreams.” Inside the bowl: a plastic bag filled with brown M&Ms.
1) Do they sell brown M&Ms by themselves, or did some poor intern have to hand-separate them?
2) What exactly does one do with a miniature toilet after laughing at the gag?
3) Is it possible to be both disgusted by something (all those brown M&Ms, which melted a bit in transport and had congealed into a slightly lumpy ball) and feel a strong attraction (hunger pangs for all that chocolate)?
My questions for you: Would you eat the M&Ms? Do you think I ate the M&Ms? If so, how long did it take me to eat an entire toilet-bowl full?
Of course I ate the M&Ms. Heather Parish already called me out on it. But at least I did it over two days. Here’s the evidence:
To my (and my blood sugar level’s) surprise, reader Karl Kallmann — curator at the K-Jewel Art Gallery — got on the chocolate bandwagon. He brought a bag of peanut M&Ms to The Bee in packaging almost as interesting as a toilet: a box of Aleve samples. (He’s a chiropractor.) Many thanks to him. I ate those M&Ms, too. Please, please, no more temptations! (Really.)