I saw Mr. Peanut.

Went outside for an early smoke after getting to work, not even hitting the point where I would’ve considered myself fully awake yet. So of course, when I looked up and saw Mr. Peanut, I assumed it to be mere residual dreamy shit.

But it was really him. Mr. Peanut was standing right there, with human helpers who handed out free packets of honey roasted Planters peanuts while urging folks to join in on some walk-a-thon. A contradiction in actions almost overlooked because hey, Mr. Peanut was standing right next to me.

I knew the day could only decline in quality from there. Those who favor momentum should only allow themselves to see Mr. Peanut near midnight.

The best thing about being paid to dress up like Mr. Peanut and hand out peanuts is that, while growing up, nobody would’ve ever predicted that you’d end up doing that. You are a career surprise. You’re Mr. Peanut, and I love you for it.

70 thoughts on “I saw Mr. Peanut.

  1. Muppet Baby

    Holy shit- Off topic, but I just spent half a day reading the PHOTOG blog….wow. I’ve been reading this site for over a year now, and I will definately be spreading the word about this epic. Amazing. :)

  2. Dik Fishman

    Matt,
    It makes me wonder that as soon as you get to work you go right for a smoke break.

  3. Dugga

    "Hey Matt, who do think would win in an Alien vs Predator-style death battle: Mr Peanut or Homeless Spiderman???"
    Im late but…..Naked cow boy would so kill both of them.

  4. sailor moon

    I love Mr. Peanut, only man on earth who can say (almost) everyone loves putting his nuts in their mouth.

  5. Quentin Tarentin-O's

    Oh My ChristyCakes. The Saint who hath walketh amongus. Mr. Peanut.

    Or, As the french call him, Monsieur Arachide. Seriously. Look it up. (THank joo Altafish)

    But, yeah, Mr. Peanut selling his own kind just seem wrong…That Damn dirty legume…

    Oh, And:

    A bevy of swans
    A brace of coneys
    A cast of hawks
    A company of parrots
    A conspiracy of ravens
    A covey of quail
    A fall of woodcocks (XD)
    A prickle of Porcupines
    A streak of Tigers
    A dray of squirrels
    A hover of Trout
    A bed of clams (Sounds comfy)
    A smack of Jellyfish
    A clowder (Or Pounce) Of cats
    A kindle of Kittens
    A pace of asses. (Not the human kind…)

    And, the finale..*Drumroll*

    AN ARMY OF FROGS. Honest. Look it up. Somewhere.

  6. Info

    It is a group of crows you are thinking of. A group of crows is called a murder.

  7. eminentfreak

    Chia.

    We all know a group of crows is called a murder ‘cos of Counting Crows’s clever first-album name, "A Murder of One". Who else eventually figured that one out? I didn’t at the time. But then, I was only thirteen when "Round Here" first debuted. "Cool" was being able to play said song on a guitar. Basically why I learned to play guitar…

    What is with you, kingklash, and your subliminal desire to be mean to helpless small furry animals (sfa’s)? A pound of puppies indeed.

    I thought this was supposed to be about Mr Peanut? We don’t have said icon in South Africa… (We don’t have Gap outlets either, or …wait, we do have Pepsi, but no-one drinks it, cos frankly if I wanted cat piss I’d drain the kitty-litter tray… Hype is meaningless. Obey the Stink.)

    I did see some sort of poll on the news – a survey on the streets of NYC as to what the all time favourite tv brand character was. With large peanut-men and all sorts of creatures I couldn’t recognise; New York has so many hot-air vents, and insufficient Marilyn Monroes. (btw, This is "news"? It’s funny, because ad campaigns are featured on cnn, but you barely ever see Africa on the news. When you do it’s starving people or volcanoes erupting. This is why people always ask me if I have a pet lion/giraffe etc. Most annoying… I mean, I grew up in suburbia. Just a lot less recycling bins, and the trees are different.)

    Matt is the quintessential roving reporter, bringing to us the happy news of our childhoods; there are some iconic moments in childhood one never forgets, involving warm summer days, icecream, and nintendo. It’s spring in the southern hemisphere, so icecream is big on my agenda. (No smurf-corpses either). Well done, Matt. I took my camera around the local mall in tribute, but don’t have enough webspace to post the pics. Shall have to build a new geocities page. Low bandwidth, but at least it’s free.

    Also did cute evil-pony parody cum tribute of matt’s chia plot, now in second instalment. Smells like fun. The my little ponies is taking over the world, y’all.

  8. eminentfreak

    a flock of cows.

    Nothing funnier than a flock of cows. Maybe a herd of whales…

    a geek of programmers?

  9. Jack

    Whoa, wotta laugh!!! I had a cameo gig wearing a Mr Peanut suit and handing out samples at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, NYC. [Yeah, Jack IS a fossil.] I had no helpers and was soundly trashed on each of my 35 minute shifts. It was like these well fed middle classers were suddenly dosed with famine gas, or something, ’cause the little old grannys beat me solid just to get a mini snack for the kiddy. Could’ve had the job all summer, but I had plans to go to Italy, so I bailed.

  10. Jack

    Whoa, wotta laugh!!! I had a cameo gig wearing a Mr Peanut suit and handing out samples at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, NYC. [Yeah, Jack IS a fossil.] I had no helpers and was soundly trashed on each of my 35 minute shifts. It was like these well fed middle classers were suddenly dosed with famine gas, or something, ’cause the little old grannys beat me solid just to get a mini snack for the kiddy. Could’ve had the job all summer, but I had plans to go to Italy, so I bailed.

  11. Caga

    You could have seen much worse things, trust me. It could have even been that Naked Cowboy fellow. Geez …

  12. Brendan

    Hey, man I work in Manhattan too, got out of the subway yesterday and there was Mister Dunkin Donut! Just a cup of coffee with eyes walking down the street – nothing promotional about him, not even a DD in sight – and I just thought "Must be on his way to work." Would have been great if he was chilling with Grimace and they popped into a bodega for some sandwiches.

  13. Georgia

    You saw Mr. Peanut?!?!?!? Wow… what a great day you must have had! Mr. Peanut rules!

  14. i am him

    Mr. Peanut got dressed at the Marriot Marquis that day. I saw the person in the costume…he was hot…I know this b/c I am that person. Mr. Peanut is very near and dear to me…he will be in nyc this Monday with other popular ad icons!

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