I will never forget the tragic day that I was carrying two small barrels on my shoulders, one filled with M&M’s, the other filled with Skittles. A neighborhood bully stuck his foot in my path and tripped me, causing the contents of both barrels to spill out all over the sidewalk. It took me four hours and 46 minutes to separate the M&Ms from the Skittles and get them back into their respective barrels, time that I could have spent watching Seinfeld if I’d had the M&M’s and Skittles sorting machine.
The product of Dutch inventor Willem Pennings, The M&M’s and Skittles sorting machine resembles nothing more than the Super Molecular Dust Separator from Batman: The Movie, in function if not in form. You pour in a bunch of M&Ms and Skittles and it automatically sorts them into their own separate piles—the future is here, my friends.
Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s much of a chance that the M&M’s and Skittles sorting machine will make its way into mass production any time soon, since not everybody has a story like the one I shared.
You can still read a lot more about the project at Pennings’ website here, and see the wondrous machine in action in the video below.