The sweetest thing

This morning I arrived at work to find a mysterious box sitting on my desk.

When I reached the studio this morning, (Ed says: Malarkey is always grumpy before 11am.) there was a mysterious box sitting on my desk.

A mysterious box

Open the box! shouted the voices in my head, so guess what? I opened the box!

Inside was a clear jar and six packets of M&M's, not your usual assorted mix but resplendent in red, white and blue... M&MOD's!


Now, chocolate is the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast, but something tells me these M&MOD's won't be downed in enormous handfuls like the kind you buy at the petrol station.



These M&MOD's have a special message printed on each choccy, Happy Birthday All That Malarkey. I guess it's because this site is exactly one year old today.

I'm overwhelmed. This has to be one of the most cutest, most thoughtful presents. I'm touched, I really am. Thank-you so very, very much to the person (on the other side of the world) who sent it (you know who you are ;)).

If only every day could start with a wonderful surprise like this!


  1. #1 On May 18, 2005 10:47 AM Joost van der Borg said:

    Well, I guess 'Happy Birthday' then ;)

  2. #2 On May 18, 2005 11:00 AM Charlie B Jnr said:

    At least you won't have to 'pick out all the brown ones' like Van Halen supposedly ordered some poor person backstage to do.

  3. #3 On May 18, 2005 11:15 AM Steve said:

    Some generous person obviously doesn't use IE. Happy birthday Malarkey!

  4. #4 On May 18, 2005 11:20 AM Josef Dunne said:

    Wow, Happy Birthday Mate, but could you tell me, if you know that is, where do you get those from? Cause they would make a good present for my friend...any ideas folks?

  5. #5 On May 18, 2005 11:39 AM Tom Williams said:

    Josef: You can normally order them from , but the page doesn't seem to be loading for me at the moment.

  6. #6 On May 18, 2005 12:20 PM Ray said:

    Happy Birthday first of all. But I was just curious... Are you going to start sharing these M&Ms? You know, start passing them on like the Musical Baton we've all taken part in now? :)

  7. #7 On May 18, 2005 01:07 PM Dan said:

    Wow, your site's birthday is on the same day as my birthday. May 18th : )

    It must be THE day to have a birthday.

  8. #8 On May 18, 2005 01:23 PM Kitta said:

    What a fantastic present to send (and receive) and happy birthday. :o)

  9. #9 On May 18, 2005 01:33 PM Jeremy Freeman said:

    Amazing - that's a great pressie! Thanks for the idea!

  10. #10 On May 18, 2005 01:35 PM Colly said:

    Wish I'd announced my birthday now - my site was one year old on 9th May. All I got was this lousy t-shirt...

  11. #11 On May 18, 2005 03:16 PM goodwitch said:

    You'll be the coolest kid at @media with your mod malarkey m&m's! While others will create their own custom m&m''ll always be the first!

  12. #12 On May 18, 2005 03:23 PM Carlos Porto said:

    01001000 01100001 01110000 01110000 01111001 00100000 01000010 01101001 01110010 01110100 01101000 01100100 01100001 01111001 00100001 00100000 01000001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01000001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01010100 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100000 01001101 01100001 01101100 01100001 01110010 01101011 01100101 01111001 00101110 00101110 00101110

    Maybe you'll get peanut M&M's next b-day.


  13. #13 On May 18, 2005 03:56 PM Marco said:

    My site was one year old and all I got was a lousy invoice from my host. Oh well ;)

    Enjoy the M & Ms and Happy Birthday Malarkey!

  14. #14 On May 18, 2005 04:00 PM Kate said:


    That's astoundingly cute.

    I'd say I'm jealous, but I've still got piles of the blasted things from the many times my family mailed them to me, foolishly thinking that because I was missing American candy, I wanted M&Ms.

    Instead, I'm surrounded by little circles of mediocre chocolate, and still willing to murder someone for some Lemonheads...

  15. #15 On May 18, 2005 04:01 PM Kate said:

    Also, congrats on hitting the one year mark! Party at Malarkey's house!

  16. #16 On May 18, 2005 05:24 PM Mike S. said:

    Congrats on the big oh-n-e (that will sound better when it's double digits ala the big one-oh).

  17. #17 On May 18, 2005 07:23 PM Veerle Pieters said:

    First congrats and wow that's one nice suprise!

  18. #18 On May 18, 2005 08:25 PM dotjay said:

    Veeeeery cool!

    Happy Birthday, And all that Malarkey!

  19. #19 On May 18, 2005 11:11 PM Malarkey said:

    Firstly, the lady behind the present is indeed one special person, I'm sure you all agree.

    Secondly, Veerle Pieters? Here? This is like two presents in one day!

  20. #20 On May 18, 2005 11:38 PM patrick h. lauke said:

    At least you won't have to 'pick out all the brown ones' like Van Halen supposedly ordered some poor person backstage to do.

    apparently, the reasoning behind that was quite a sensible one: the clause was included in VH's very extensive requirements document (which includes vital things like checking that the floor can support the total load of the tour stage, trussing has been correctly assembled, etc); so, a quick way to check whether local crews have actually worked through the specifics in the document was to glance over at the M&M's bowl...

  21. #21 On May 19, 2005 10:22 AM Veerle Pieters said:

    Really? Now you make me smile and blush :-)

  22. #22 On May 19, 2005 11:23 AM MC Winkel said:

    You should be so lucky!

  23. #23 On May 19, 2005 03:15 PM Adam Michela said:

    Wow. That is the bestest gift ever!

  24. #24 On May 22, 2005 11:47 PM Peter Asquith said:

    That's brillant! I can't believe how quickly the year's gone.

  25. #25 On May 23, 2005 03:45 PM Chris Hunt said:

    Steve (#3), if they'd been using IE they'd have sent humbugs!