Joel's Early Episode Intro Snacks?

Really Re-enjoying the early Season 1 episodes! Does anyone know the story behind Joel popping a ‘snack’ into his mouth at the end of the first 6 or so Host Introductions?

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As someone who worked in a rat lab, I believe it’s the reward pellet for pressing the button. Such rewards were common in the Skinner boxes. The rats learned that pressing the levers in the box produced a reward, though once they were conditioned the reward became increasingly infrequent.

Just a side note, I wouldn’t do this work anymore. I have too much respect for animals, and rats are mad smart. So many of them found clever ways of beating the box.

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They were quaaludes. That’s why he’s so sleepy.

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Social media made us all part of the Skinner Dinner, alas.

“Hey, last time I posted I got those -likes-. Today, nothing. I better post another 10 times so I can get something for my trouble.”

:cheese: :mouse2:

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Don’t you know you’re going to shock the monkey?

:zap: :monkey:

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I thought the exercise wheel and rodent water bottle in The Movie were nice touches.

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Better to push the button and get a snack; than to not and get a shock to the shammies.

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This takes me back to the old days of Usenet and the old MST3K FAQ. If memory serves, it was a grape that the Mads gave him for pushing the commercial sign button, part of the idea that this was some kind of psychological experiment.

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JoeC is correct, and beat me to the answer.

YOU HAVE EARNED AN ENEMY FOR LIFE, JOEC.

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“Excellent!”
-Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns

Very nice job and special thanks to SandyFrank, JoeC, & Chris_Combs! And really appreciate the joggle of Usenet!
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