} The effects are very good indeed. As you probably know, the average
} North American eats approximately 100 Twinkies(TM) each year -- that's
} about 25 billion of them altogether. Let's review the consequences:
} As you probably know, the Hostess Twinkie originated in the 1930s.
} Almost immediately, the depression ended, and America got back to work.
} Ten years later, it was the Twinkie that gave the U.S. the strength to
} win World War II. (Britain, which was still Twinkie-less in those days,
} would have lost without our help.) Next came the glorious fifties, and
} Twinkies were there, helping to give rock 'n' roll its distinctive
} In the sixties and seventies, Twinkie consumption dropped dramatically,
} which resulted in the Vietnam War debacle, and, later, Watergate. The
} one bright area was the growth of computing, thanks to Twinkie-laden
} In the eighties, Twinkies became more popular than ever among yuppies
} and highly-leveraged stockbrokers, and our economy has never been
} better. Who knows what the nineties will bring? But one thing's for
} sure -- if anything good happens, you know there'll have been a Twinkie
} involved somewhere.