For years, the candy's packaging has claimed, "Did you know? Four billion Smarties can go around the world 350 times. That is the number of Smarties eaten in Canada each year." The students took that claim to task and did the arithmetic. The results of their math wizardry revealed that either Nestlé believed the earth to be 114 kilometres in circumference or that a single Smartie had a diameter of three and a half meters - neither of which holds true.
When asked about the fun fact faux pas, a Nestlé spokesman said that the packaging would be changed next year.
Much to the dismay of Prime Minister Paul Martin, there was no word on whether the accuracy of his party's official decision making process had been put to the test.