Internet Freaks Out Over the News That All Skittles Actually Taste the Same

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According to a recent NPR article, “Skittles have different fragrances and different colours—but they all taste exactly the same.”

Tears have been shed and relationships have crumbled over the contentious issue of Skittles flavor ranking. In the upper echelons of the rainbow-flavored hard sweet, you, of course, have the red (generic berry, potentially strawberry) and the orange ones. The midrange flavor is clearly the greens (lime) and festering at the bottom of the Skittles hierarchy are yellow (lemon) and purple (blackcurrant).


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But what if we told you that colored sweets like gummy bears and Skittles are actually all the same flavor, and it’s just our brain that interprets the taste differently because of their colors? According to scientific studies into the flavor, smell and color can influence our interpretation of taste, even if there’s no difference between the substances.

While this isn’t technically new news, an article from NPR published this month covering the phenomenon is currently causing Twitter to lose its shit. The piece explains, “our brains associate the color yellow, a lemon smell and a slightly acidic taste with each other. When you’re offered two of these three sensory cues, your brain will fill in the blanks.”

Twitter, subsequently, cannot deal:

LaLaLaLa I can’t hear youuuuu

— Sam (@sjaychif) January 8, 2018

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— Jackie (@AGentileInBoca) January 9, 2018

Fake news.

— Joe Ruiz (@joeruiz) January 8, 2018

In order to get to the bottom of this pressing Skittle flavor mystery, the MUNCHIES London and New York offices joined forces to conduct a blind taste test. Forget Wikileaks, this was the greatest journalistic issue of our time and it was about to get blown wide open by a bunch of adults chewing Skittles with their eyes closed at 4 in the afternoon.

The results were … inconclusive. Both offices seem to believe that the sweets had different flavors, despite this directly contradicting a claim in the NPR article that, “Skittles have different fragrances and different colours—but they all taste exactly the same.” However, not every flavor was correctly guessed, making us wonder whether the sweets are, in fact, flavored differently.


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MUNCHIES staffers were able to correctly identify lemon, blackcurrant, and strawberry—three out of the five different Skittle flavours—leading us to believe that there are distinct tastes. A second theory also emerged, positing that the sweets’ colored coating is flavored but their inner sugar goo is all made of the same stuff.

This needed to be tested. After successfully removing the outer shell via a combined effort of nibbling and sucking on the sweet (yes, this is my job), I find that a residual flavor remains, though significantly reduced.


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Arguably, the Skittles tagline of “Taste the Rainbow” suggests that perhaps the sweets’ flavor *does* come from their colors, rather than flavors. Could this be the key to cracking the enigma?

We may never know.

Credits: munchies.vice.com

Are you really tasting the rainbow?

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Can You Ace This Grammar Quiz?

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Can You Identify All 10 Beatles Songs by Using these Visual Clues?

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Use the images and clues below to decipher the song. See how many you get correct and tell us how fast you got them in the comments below!.

Have fun.

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12 Housekeeping Secrets From Grandma You’ll Regret Missing

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Grandma’s have the best-kept secrets, especially when it comes to cleaning! If you’ve been looking for new ways to clean your home then look no further. In this post, these grandma’s will share their favorite housekeeping tips that will change how you tidy your home forever.

If you want to be inspired, keep scrolling below to check them out!

 

1. Keep up, don’t catch up

Grandma kept after messes every day, and you should, too. “It’s easier than saving all your chores for one big cleaning session,” says Donna Smallin Kuper, certified housecleaning technician and author of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness. Get into a daily routine and your house will always look neat as a pin: Make the bed, do the dishes after every meal, and sweep the kitchen floor daily.


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2. Stockpile tea towels

Instead of using paper towels, invest in flour-sack tea towels. “They’re 100 percent cotton so you can dry glasses lint-free, wipe down the stove, or let dishes drip-dry on them,” says Becky Rapinchuk, blogger at the Cleanmama.net and author of The Organically Clean Home. “They launder well and dry fast.” Grandma-approved bonus: They come in pretty patterns, colors, and embroidered motifs to add vintage charm to your kitchen.


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3. Use DIY window cleaner

Your grandma didn’t have a fancy window and mirror cleaning sprays, and you don’t need them either. Mix up this streak-free recipe, courtesy of Rapinchuk:

•1 ½ c. water

•1 ½ T. white vinegar

•1 ½ T. rubbing alcohol

•3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle, spray liberally on windows and mirrors and wipe with a lint-free cloth.


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4. Renew stained linens

Can’t get rid of stains on napkins, tablecloths or doilies? Grandma wouldn’t toss them; she’d tea-stain them. Add four or five black tea bags to a bucket of hot water and let them steep for 10 minutes or so. Remove tea bags, add the cloth (swish it around so it absorbs the water), and let it sit until you reach the desired shade. “You’ll get a lovely antique creamy brown,” says Rapinchuk. Let dry to set, then wash in cold water.


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5. Go old-school with products

Some of the products grandma used are still available because they’re inexpensive and they work great. Use lemon oil such as Old English or Milsek to dust furniture and add a sheen to kitchen cabinets. Try scrubbing powder such as Bon Ami on pots and pans. Or dab baking soda on a damp rag as a light abrasive in sinks or to buff scuffs off floors.


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6. Deep-clean with the seasons

There’s something to be said for cleaning in sync with the calendar like grandma did, says Rapinchuk. At least once a year, wash your windows, change the furnace filter, deep-clean your carpets, flip and vacuum your mattress, and purge your closet. Keeping clothes you don’t like or wear is not sensible, and grandma wouldn’t approve!


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Young Love: This Story Will Remind You Exactly How Your First Crush Felt, Heartbreak And All

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The way this woman fell for her handsome, guitar-playing British neighbor is so relatable—and adorable.


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The British Invasion hit me in a totally different way than it did everyone else. It was the early ’60s, I was 13 and I had found my very own English lad to fantasize about. I could listen to his accent all day long.

I wasn’t allowed to date but I’d had the usual teenage crushes. Then Dave and John arrived on the scene and I experienced my first real crush.

My brother, four years older than me, made friends with the family, who had just moved to the States from England. The Clares had two handsome sons and I developed a crush on the younger one, Dave. He was quite a dreamboat—handsome, with a great-looking pompadour like Elvis Presley’s.

Both brothers played guitar, and my brother was trying to learn. He spent a lot of time at their home and I tagged along as often as he would let me. Their father owned a small electronics repair shop and both parents treated me like family.


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John, the older brother, was also cute, with curly hair and a sweet smile. He always treated me nicely. At the time I didn’t realize he had a crush on me; I figured that out much too late. 
I must have had blinders on and all I could 
see was Dave. While I didn’t treat John badly, 
I wish I had paid more attention to him.

I recently came across a ceramic 45 rpm record that John had made and given to me. 
I kept it all these years, and it made me smile. Unfortunately, I had tunnel vision when it came to Dave and couldn’t see what was right under my nose.

My girlfriends also developed crushes on Dave. I don’t think he was interested in any of us, but that didn’t deter us. It was quite a competition, vying for his attention. He must have been amused, although he was too nice to let on.

Sadly, after a few years in the States, the family decided to move back to England. I still remember how hard I cried. 
I thought my heart was breaking. Such drama. I will always remember the Clare family and how they made that small window of time in my 
life so interesting. I couldn’t have picked a better first crush if I had tried.

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Use the Images to Guess the 1980’s Hit Song

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Can you name this classic 80’s hit song?

Game: Guess the song?

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