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Posted at 5:07 PM ET, 04/ 1/2010

Best of the pop culturally literate Peeps

By Jen Chaney

It's that time of year again, the season when pollen counts rise, painted toenails peek out from open-toed shoes and seemingly every newspaper and/or Web site in the country (including this one) sponsors a Peeps diorama contest.

All of the finalists and notable entries in this year's Post Peeps competition pretty much floored me with their creativity and attention to detail. But as usual, the dioramas I love the most are the ones inspired in some way by pop culture.

The following eight dioramas stand as my favorite pop-culturally literate Peep offerings from this year's contest, though I do urge you to check out the whole gallery, as well as the entries at the St. Paul Pioneer Press,Denver Post, Peeps Diorama Contest blog and Chicago Tribune, which, as USA Today's Whitney Matheson pointed out, has a nice "Lost" entry.

Now, without further ado, the best of the pop peeps:

"EEP": A lot of people were inspired by Pixar's "Up"; you'll see other Peep-populated flying houses in some of the contests on other Web sites, too. But this one seems like the most well-constructed, artistic of the lot. And, as such, the Post judges declared it their winner. Watch this video to catch all the itsy-peepsy details.

"Goodnight Peep":
I know well the quirky-yet-comforting details of Margaret Wise Brown's beloved bedtime story, and this diorama gets them exactly right.

"Where the Wild Peeps Are": Max and his monsters also inspired entries in other Peep-offs. But this one captures the artistry of Maurice Sendak's work most vividly and beautifully, right down to the "Where the Wild Peeps Are" font.

"Super Peepio Brothers": So bright and busy, it almost hurts my eyes. And I mean that as the highest possible compliment.

"Peeps and Prejudice and Zombies": There is so much to look at and relish in this homage to the Seth Grahame-Smith twist on Jane Austen's novel. And yet here I am, giggling at the Peeps whose marshmallowy brains are being removed by zombie Peeps.

"The Mad Peeps of Sterling Coopeep": It's one thing to do a Peeps riff on "Mad Men." But it's quite another to use the the bloody scene from last season, involving a drunken Lois and a John Deere lawn mower, as your foundation. All I can say is: Bravo.

"Nintendo Piip: Doubles Tennis": It's exactly like Wii Tennis, except much more sugary and delicious.

"Avatar: The 3P Experience": I adore the blue Peep riding on that big 'ol, multidimensional bird and the motion sick Peep leaving the theater. And I'm also really hungry for a bag of peepcorn and a Peepsi.

By Jen Chaney  | April 1, 2010; 5:07 PM ET
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Wow. What an incredible waste of time and energy this contest is.

Posted by: cmecyclist | April 2, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Yes but so awesome. How do you pick a favorite. Great use of peeps which I think are adorable but tast like sugar coated styrofoam.

Posted by: hodie2 | April 2, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow. cmecyclist who cares?

After checking out the other links, it is clear that the Wash Post entries are far superior to others around the country.

Posted by: Mama1 | April 5, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

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