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10 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About M&M's Candy

For decades, people all over the world have enjoyed munching on these button-shaped, chocolate-filled treats with an "m" distinctively printed on each of their candy shells. But what most people don't

For decades, people all over the world have enjoyed munching on these button-shaped, chocolate-filled treats with an "m" distinctively printed on each of their candy shells. But what most people don't realize is just how wildly popular M&M's really are. Bloomberg actually lists the Mars-produced goodie as "The World's Best-Selling Candy," with its sales in 2013 amounting to over half a billion dollars in America alone. And while the usually brown-bagged delight is a permanent fixture in stores located in over 100 countries, a lot is still not widely known about it.

Here are ten M&M's facts that you probably aren't aware of:

10 What the M's in "M&M's" Represent

Via en.wikipedia.org

Do the M's in "M&M's" represent "Melt in your Mouth"? Well, while the phrase may be part of the product's famous slogan, the M's actually represent the surnames of the candy's founders, Forrest Mars, Sr. and Bruce Murrie, both Americans. Forrest is actually the son of Franc Mars, the founder of the company responsible for producing Milky Way, Snickers, Three Musketeers, and of course, the Mars bars.

9 Created With Soldiers in Mind

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8 Most Liked Slogan

7 Stunning Variety

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6 M&M's Blamed for the Strangest Things

Via photoblog.nbcnews.com

Could something as innocent as M&M's really be blamed for strange-colored honey and even mysterious near-deaths? Apparently, yes. In 2012, beekeepers in France were perplexed when their bees began producing honey in various shades of blue and green. Upon investigating, the beekeepers learned that their bees had been visiting a biogas plant processing M&M's candy containers that still had the colored residue on them. Eventually, the biogas plant solved the problem by storing the said containers in a covered hall.

5 Boycotted by PETA

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4 Sued by a Naked Cowboy and People With Cracked Teeth

M&M's has had its share of strange lawsuits filed against it. In 2008, for example, Robert "The Naked Cowboy" Burck, who performs songs on his guitar while wearing only cowboy accessories and his underwear, sued Mars for millions of dollars after the company had displayed images featuring an M&M's mascot with a guitar and tight white shorts. Burck insisted that the advertisements had given the impression that he was endorsing M&M's, and the two parties eventually ended up quietly settling the case.

3 Red Was Once Discontinued

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2 Commonly Eaten in Outer Space

Via forum.nasaspaceflight.com

1 Van Halen Required M&M's Backstage... But With No Brown Ones

Via ppcorn.com

This one is so unusual that it's often mistaken as nothing more than an urban legend, but it's actually 100% real: legendary rock band Van Halen regularly demanded M&M's to be made available backstage -- but with the brown ones excluded. The specific requirement in the band's standard contract rider for its 1982 world tour was classified under "Munchies" and read: "M&M'S (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES)."

As expected, when the public learned of the strange provision, all sorts of speculations about why such a demand was made (including to have one more reason to cancel a gig or go on a destructive rampage) came up. However, the actual motivation for the stipulation was more practical -- the band's frontman, David Lee Roth, revealed in his autobiography that the bizarre requirement was a means for gauging a producer's faithfulness to the technical requirements of the band. "If I saw a brown M&M in that bowl... well, line-check the entire production. Guaranteed you're going to arrive at a technical error. They [the producers] didn't read the contract."

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