If those of us at Popup Chinese had to amend the lyrics to My Favorite Things -- say as part of a secretive musical project underway here in Bejiing -- you can bet that the first thing to go would be that couplet about "crisp apple streudels" and "schnitzel with noodles". And what would we include in their stead? Only the most lethal Western confectionary ever marketed to small children without a second thought.

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 said on
September 9, 2012
When I first heard this lesson, I imagined that a Skittles truck had turned over on the side of the road, gravely injuring its driver. Meanwhile, a pedestrian helped himself to the Skittles strewn all over the street.

Your choking scenario makes more sense, though.