M&Ms, Physics and a Decision

An M&M dropped and rolled under my desk, and it was a peanut one no less. There is no sign of it from my vantage point and I would rather not knock about with my foot to find it. I have often wondered about certain laws of physics and whether, if under similar conditions, similar results are to be expected? If so, then all I should need to do is drop another peanut M&M from the same point in space and within the same conditions as the first and it should lead me to the stray. Now keep in mind, all this Newtonian contemplation has certainly delayed the matter long enough to have caused the stray to exceed any reasonable salvage rules. But, on the bright side, since this time I will be looking on with complete concentration, I should be able to at least recover the second M&M within any rational time limit for justifiable consumption therefore leaving me no worse off. What could go wrong? I stage the exercise with one average peanut M&M in hand. My head is tilted slightly to the side so I will have a better line of sight. A deep breath and then I release. The peanut M&M falls and takes three bounces, deflects off the side of the desk and travels due east. Quickly, I get down on my hands and knees and take a gander in the direction of last know movement. Well, would you look at that — two blue peanut M&Ms…