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Which came first, gummy bears the candy or gummy bears the cartoon?

-- Carolyn, the net

Add this to your body of critical knowledge. Gummies, the relentless candy, long predate Gummies, the idiotic cartoon. They were born in Germany in 1922. Landed in the U.S. in 1982. According to Disney lore, Michael Eisner's kids were crazy for the sweets. Not one to overlook big profits to be made off of small children, Eisner proposed a cartoon show that would star the rubbery beasts. Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears hit the airwaves in 1985. In a tasteless affront to classic children's literature, the cartoon Gummies merged with the cartoon Winnie the Pooh into one sticky, adorable kids' show in 1989. Gummies are a true international phenomenon. The newest twist? Kosher/alal Gummi Bears (made without pork-based gelatin) for sale to Jews and Muslims. Perhaps there is hope for Mideast peace after all.

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