Wisconsin Cows Go Hungry After Their Meal of Skittles Spills All Over the Highway

I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don’t know where it goes, but it’s fucking littered with red Skittles that fell off of a truck en route to feed some cows.


While the above scenario might sound like the plot of a deranged Skittles commercial, it actually happened in Dodge County, Wisconsin. According to the Dodge County sheriff’s office Facebook page, officers found the sticky situation on Tuesday night. The office said:

It is unclear who may have spilled the skittles on the road. The Dodge County Highway Department was asked to clean them off the road ... 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!

“There’s no little ‘S’ on them, but you can definitely smell, it’s a distinct Skittles smell,” Dodge County sheriff Dale Schmidt told local news station WISN. They were destined for the mouths of cows because they weren’t good enough for packaging, according to the sheriff’s office. Thankfully, they also helped add some traction to the icy midwestern road, CNN reported.

More Skittles carnage (Image: Facebook/Dodge County Sheriff’s Office)
More Skittles carnage (Image: Facebook/Dodge County Sheriff’s Office)

Farmers feed cows skittles as a source of “cheap carbs,” a decades-old practice that grew popular due to climbing corn prices. An 2012 CNN story found that farmers fed their cows everything from hot chocolate mix to ice cream sprinkles to fatten them up. But that’s not all—just yesterday, we reported that scientists recommend feeding cows onions to reduce their methane emissions. We’re unsure how candy might affect greenhouse gas emissions from cows, but one study published in the Journal of Dairy Science in 2012 found that high-sugar grasses might increase methane emissions. Go figure.

At the end of the day, it’s just a shame to see all of those red skittles, the best damn flavor, go to waste.



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