These extremely sweet birds and bunnies have become a staple of the season (and weeks after for some people), but how did they get started? Slate has the answer.

When they were first created:

a group of women at Rodda made Peeps by hand in the back of the factory. In 1953, it took Rodda 27 hours to make one Peep.

Now, of course, they make quite a bit more. From Fark so yah, you’ve already seen it.

Meanwhile, Anne has learned a fitness instructor wants to break the world record for eating peeps. Who will win — the teacher or the bunnies?

And here’s an old favorite: Peeps in the Library (it occurs to me that this may be a great way to post library rules)