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March 29, 2012 8:03 AM   Subscribe

The results of the 2012 Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest are in. The winner: Occupeep DC. Runners up: Peepius Maximus, What People Think Peeps Are (based on the popular meme), The Black Peep (based off of DC's Black Cat music venue), and Just Peeped (based off of the 2011 British Royal Wedding). In addition to the finalists, check out Peeps in Washington, Political Peeps, the full gallery of submissions that the Post received this year, and the winners from 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. (Peepiously, peepiouslier, peepiousliest)
posted by schmod (19 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
FYI, most post links are autoplay video.
posted by zamboni at 8:06 AM on March 29, 2012


Things I did not think I would see today: A marshmallow bunny re-enactment of the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
posted by Copronymus at 8:20 AM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


YESSSSSS I look forward to this every year :D
posted by sperose at 8:30 AM on March 29, 2012


Peepsi blue/pink/yellow/etc.
posted by obscurator at 8:32 AM on March 29, 2012


There is something very DC about taking junk food and creating elaborate, detailed craft.
posted by QIbHom at 8:32 AM on March 29, 2012


Peepsi blue/pink/yellow/etc.


Peep show.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:48 AM on March 29, 2012


From the winning entry: "after figuring out that the average peep is 3.5% the size of an average male, she modeled the entire scene to scale on her computer." I am not especially familiar with peeps, but is the average adult male only the size of 28 and a half peeps?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:29 AM on March 29, 2012


There's something about Newt's moon talk that really seems to inspire the peep artists!
posted by epersonae at 9:56 AM on March 29, 2012


I could believe as tall as 28 1/2 peeps. I don't think the 3.5 percent is by volume.

Aaaaand now this is the weirdest conversation of my day.
posted by Linda_Holmes at 10:02 AM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Unbelievable, but true, I have found something better than Peeps. The local bulk food emporium sells these little marshmallow rabbits which are maybe 2" long and 1/2" wide and a bit harder than the "puffy" marshmallow. No granulated coating, which is a minus, but the big win is that when you freeze them COLD, like -20, then bite, hard, they shatter in your mouth. This is almost indescribably awesome. I don't know how many I've eaten these past three days but I'm glad that the huge bin that was full on Sunday is now empty so that my blood sugar can return to normal.
posted by seanmpuckett at 10:13 AM on March 29, 2012


ricochet biscuit: "From the winning entry: "after figuring out that the average peep is 3.5% the size of an average male, she modeled the entire scene to scale on her computer." I am not especially familiar with peeps, but is the average adult male only the size of 28 and a half peeps?"

They're talking height, not volume or weight.

I don't have the size of a Peep handy, but the average American Adult Male is about 5'10" (or 70 inches); 3.5% of that is 2.45 inches, which seems about right for the size of a Peep.

On the other hand, a Peep weights 0.28 ounces, which means you'd need 10,900 Peeps to approximate the weight of an average American male (191lb wait, seriously?)

I don't have exact volumes of the average Peep or human, but we can make some pretty good guesses based off of their density, which we do know. Humans are 1.01 g/cm3, which translates to 85.7 liters for the average American male. Marshmellows are 0.37g/cm3, which translates to 0.0215 liters per Peep.

Thus, you'd need 3,986 Peeps to occupy the same amount of space as an average human male. (Or, roughly speaking, a Peep is equal to 0.025% of a person, by volume)
posted by schmod at 10:15 AM on March 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


every year I intend to enter this with "Human Centipeep."

(haven't quite managed to actually do it yet, though.)
posted by daisystomper at 11:36 AM on March 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


Referring to the Guy Fawkes mask as "The V for Vendetta mask?" ARRGH!

Ok I'm getting off the internet.
posted by stratastar at 1:06 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I thought this year's entries were kind of weak, but I LOVED the moon base one. Amazing.
posted by naoko at 1:26 PM on March 29, 2012


I'm betting anyone who has time to make a peep diorama parody of the Occupy movement is not really worried about where their next month's rent check is coming from.
posted by NorthernLite at 1:54 PM on March 29, 2012


Referring to the Guy Fawkes mask as "The V for Vendetta mask?" ARRGH!

Ok I'm getting off the internet.


Do you think the people wearing the mask intend to reference V for Vendetta, or the original 17th C. religious terrorist?
posted by zamboni at 2:03 PM on March 29, 2012


Whether or not the wearers are aware of history or the reference has little to do with the fact that the Washington Post's online editors evidently don't.
posted by stratastar at 2:49 PM on March 29, 2012


Ugh, I'm annoyed that they are showing videos of these this year instead of stills. I don't have that much patience. Is there a link to still snapshots of the winners?
posted by lollusc at 12:42 AM on March 30, 2012


Oh, nevermind: I found the link half way through the post. For anyone else interested, it's the link on "finalists". I thought it was a video too at first because it has an autoplaying video advert before it lets you into the gallery.
posted by lollusc at 12:44 AM on March 30, 2012


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