I don't know how I missed this, but I do need to give a big thanks to Sheila from Black Tennis Pros for posting about the Big Mac 40th anniversary party on her blog. 'Else, this might have escaped me completely! Thanks again, Sheila!
The Big Mac (two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun!) turned the big 4-0 on July 24th, mere days ago. In all that time, you can only imagine how many billions of the fat and calorie laden masterpieces have been shoved down throats of folks near and wide. As I commented on Sheila's blog:
"The Big Mac is 40, huh? Damn. When you think of it, how can one sandwich have caused so much destruction and chaos on the US health care system!
The Big Mac and Whopper should both take their respective places in the Obesity Epidemic Hall of Fame one of these days. lol"
As quoted by ASHLEY M. HEHER, AP business writer:
"McDonald's estimates 550 million Big Macs are sold each year in the U.S. alone. Do the math and that's about 17 per second. Weighing in at nearly a half-pound, with 540 calories and 29 grams of fat each, that's enough to make nutritionists cringe."
Dudes, that's the US ALONE. They're not even counting all the other countries that Ronald McDonald resides in. They have Mickey D's in China too, right? My mind just went numb trying to even come up with a ball park figure of how many Macs have been sold worldwide.....
Well, I'd just like to say Happy Birthday, Big Mac! You are one of the reasons that I have such good job security. You, and your brother Double Cheeseburger, your cousin, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and sis, Super Size Fries (who's gotten quite large over the years), and your other sibling, Fried Apple Pie, keep me busy all year long! I sincerely thank each of you. Please keep sending me clients and people that need to take my classes at least 3 times a week to shed the fat you pile on their bellies and behinds! LOVE you for that! Your birthday gift is in the mail! lol
Okay, you all know I'm just being silly, right? Actually, I think that our fast food culture is an epidemic of grave proportions, and seeing us become a nation of morbidly obese overweights is really no laughing matter. But hey, the Big Mac IS an American institution, like it or not! The problem is, they weren't meant to be eaten nearly every day, and some people do eat them (and their counterparts) almost daily now. Can you really blame McDonald's for that? I don't know. All I do know is, I personally stay the hell out of there. Can't even remember the last time I was at a McDonald's. Now Wendy's....well.... That's a different story! LOL
So when you're passing by a McDonald's this week, be sure to tip your hat and give a birthday salute. I'm thinking the Mac might make it all the way to 80+. Us, on the other hand? Not so much if we keep eating them! ;)