Candy pranks have been coming up a lot in the news lately. None more widely seen and talked about than last year’s video challenge to parents from late night host Jimmy Kimmel, which he calls: “I Told My Kids I Atea All Their Halloween Candy”.
Encouraged by the late show host, parents got out their video cameras and smart phones and recorded their children’s reaction to a kid’s worst nightmare. Not only were they told that all their Halloween candy was gone, but they were instructed to also tell the kids that it was they, the parents, who ate it.
The video has gotten a lot of criticism over the airways, and after all that hype I was prepared to condemn the video not as cruelty or mistreatment, but as maybe not the best idea. Your young kids might not need to mistrust you and think you’re out to use them, and their candy, for entertainment value. While there is probably some truth to that, what struck me as unexpected in this video is how much the kids seem to be hamming it up.
Not having kids myself just yet, I’m left asking whether this is the natural reaction kids have to disappointing news. Is this genuine heartbreak or are they feigning dismay to get their parents to feel bad? The end goal being to replace their bulk candy loot. Some of their reactions do seem genuine, but others are clearly fabricated for one reason or another.
In the end, it was probably pretty harmless. A funny prank to look back on years from now…when the kid strikes back with a vengeance. Candy is very important to kids, and in general something we take very seriously. But I have a sneaking feeling that some or most of these kids were in on the joke.
We’re suckers for a great story about kids and candy. Maybe that’s why I had to write up this story about an English girl who won herself 443 jelly beans.
That’s a lot of jelly beans for a young lady of 5 years. She earned them in a local contest held this past holiday season where participants were asked to guess how many jelly beans were in the prize jar. Ms. Ella Walsh stepped right up and said “444”!
That was, of course, not technically the correct answer, but since she and one other contestant were only off by one measly jelly bean, they were declared the finalists in the contest. So what does one do to determine the winner of a contest when the finalists already know they’re very close to the real number? Make them guess again and see who gets closer the second time?
Nope. Just a simple name drawn out of a hat. But judging from her adorable picture, we all know that it was not chance that won her those jelly beans, it was truly destiny.
Supporting our troops is an important role for all civilians in this country. No one knows what our boys (and young women) need more than a Fort Benning, Ga. Organization that encourages donations of items, like candy in bulk, that come highly recommended from our troops abroad.
Goodies For Our Troops is led by founder and co-director Dawn Pletcher who organizes the collection and packaging of the goodies. Their stated mission is actually to help not only those military families that are living overses, but also those who themselves live at Fort Benning. Everything form boxer shorts and deodorant to canned fruits and, of course, candy.
When asked to list some of the top needs for the troops, candy items frequently came up. Most likely they cannot find abroad the candy they are used to in America. Items like Tootsie Roll midgees, Fun Size M&Ms, and Reese’s Pieces were mentioned along with good old milk chocolate candy bars and hard candy lollipops. Bulk candy and other comforts from home can help boost morale and help remind them that the people back home are thinking of them and support them.
Other food items that cracked the most popular list are beef jerky, Oreo cookies, chicken and tuna salad. Those go along with health products like hand sanitizer, travel sized body wash, disposable razors and foot aids as highly requested. Entertainment products like DVDs and video games are also in high demand, but fall a little further down the list than these other, more essential items.
Goodies For Our Troops does a great job and could always use your support in donations or other ways. If you are in the Fort Benning area and would like to contribute or would like to have someone you know added to the military recipients list, contact Dawn Pletcher at Goodies@ptd.net.