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Wisconsin Cows Miss Out After Thousands of Red Skittles Spill Out on a Highway

Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 3.53.53 PMLet’s look at some non-political news, shall we?

Earlier this week, Dodge County residents in southeastern Wisconsin found an unusual surprise coating the local highway: thousands upon thousands of red Skittles candies. County road crews were called in to clean up the sweet, sticky mess, though they noted that there some positives to the spill, since it gave vehicles better traction after several days of icy road conditions.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office put out a notice about the clean-up effort on Facebook, saying. “While we don’t know who did this, it is certainly clear that it may be difficult to ‘Taste the Rainbow’ in it’s [sic] entirety with one color that likely fell off the truck!”

Since then, the Sheriff’s Office has updated their previous statement and said they’ve determined that the spill was caused when a large rain-soaked box of Skittles fell out of a flatbed pickup truck and split open.

Here’s the weird part, though. Apparently, the Skittles were rejects that didn’t have their trademark “S” on them, so they were being sent away in order to be used as cow feed.

“[It] is a very good way for producers to reduce feed cost, and to provide less expensive food for consumers,” livestock nutritionist Ki Fanning told CNN. The accident seems to be part of the practice of giving rejected foodstuffs to cattle in order to provide “cheap carbs.”

[Image via Dodge Country Sheriff’s Office]

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