Wile E. Coyote is having a tough time getting what he needs from the Acme company.

That's understandable when we see that most Acme production facilities in Wyoming are either closed or in trouble.  

Mr. Coyote lives and chases his dinner in Arizona. But if you watched the cartoons you know that he ordered everything from out of state and it arrived by mail.

When we look at Wyoming Acme plants we can see why Mr. Coyote has been having such a hard time with quality.

The Acme power plant in Sheridan, Wyoming has been closed down for a very long time. The building has become a burden to the country as it will make more money than anyone cares to spend to shut it down. The place is filled with asbestos. There are many other contamination problems as well.

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Acme Seamless - Gutter Services in Laramie, Wyoming is a good company. But I really don't think Mr. Coyote needs any gutters. Unless he can find a clever way to use them to catch the roadrunner.

Acme Construction in Cheyenne Wyoming is not willing to travel all the way down to Arizona to help Mr. Coyote with another one of his hair-brained schemes. But they will ship.

Acme Grocery stores can send him food after each unsuccessful day hunting.

There was an Acme Dynamite factory but, not kidding here, 5 were killed in an explosion at the site.

detonating fuse and dynamite on mine

So really, there is no reason for Mr. Wile E. Coyote to do any Acme shopping in Wyoming.

So by now, I bet you're wondering how Acme became such a popular name for everything in the Road Runner cartoon.

Acme isn’t a made-up word or a jokey acronym, but comes the Greek akme (the "highest point” or “peak,” and often used to mean the best of a category).

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Businesses began using the name when phone books came out because it put them at the top of the listings. Much like AAA Electronics would be the first listing.

Chuck Jones, an animator, writer, and director on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for some 30 years, said that this caused him to have memories of Acme from his childhood.

“Since we had to search out our own entertainment, we devised our own fairy stories. If you wanted a bow and arrow, you got a stick. If you wanted to conduct an orchestra, you got a stick. If you wanted a duel, you used a stick. You couldn't go and buy one. That’s where the term acme came from. Whenever we played a game where we had a grocery store or something, we called it the ACME corporation. Why? Because in the yellow pages if you looked, say, under drugstores, you'd find the first one would be Acme Drugs. Why? Because “ac” was about as high as you could go. It means the best, the superlative.” (Mental Floss).

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TRUE STORY: On behalf of Mr. Coyote a group of young law students sued the Acme Corporation for defective products and won.

You can read the case at this link.

The united states district court, southwestern district, Tempe, Arizona case no. b19294.

Joan Kujava, presiding
wile e. coyote, Plaintiff
Acme Company, Defendant

FINALLY - I hate to shred your childhood dreams but...

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Alihan Usullu

Coyotes are actually more than TWICE as fast as roadrunners. Coyotes max out at 43 miles-per-hour, roadrunners max out at 20 miles-per-hour. Also, Roadrunners generally don't have unlimited access to falling anvils.

Yeah, that's right, your entire childhood was a LIE!

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