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I ate a hamburger at Burger King. It has 1,050 strips of bacon.
posted by KevinSkomsvold (76 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's not a hamburger, it's something that rises out of the sea at the end of an anime.
posted by The Card Cheat at 2:06 PM on April 19, 2012 [14 favorites]


When did the iPhone become a standard unit of measure?
posted by yeolcoatl at 2:08 PM on April 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


Did anyone else smell bacon while watching that video?
posted by phaedon at 2:12 PM on April 19, 2012


When did the iPhone become a standard unit of measure?

It's been about two, three MySpaces.
posted by griphus at 2:13 PM on April 19, 2012 [74 favorites]


When I was a kid, my favorite weekend lunch was a pound of bacon, a loaf of white bread and a bunch of tomatoes in BLTs minus the L (boo, lettuce!). I think this ended up being 8 sandwiches or something. It was so good. I grew up strong, like ox!

So part of me is very much behind this bacon burger. And I'm starving.

But at the same time, I've had it with bacon. And cupcakes. And bacon cupcakes, and cupcake vodka, and chocolate-covered bacon cupcakes, and bourbon-bacon chocolate cupcakes. It's just so played out.

But still delicious, yes. Mmm, bacon.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:14 PM on April 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


By my count, that's about 3.2 pounds of pig. Or about a fifth of a piglet.

Aw. Piglet.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:16 PM on April 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


Disgusting. I'm at work, did he say how much it cost?
posted by IvoShandor at 2:16 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I like how when he opened it up, only one slice of bacon fell off.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:16 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


But at the same time, I've had it with bacon. And cupcakes. And bacon cupcakes, and cupcake vodka, and chocolate-covered bacon cupcakes, and bourbon-bacon chocolate cupcakes. It's just so played out.

But still delicious, yes. Mmm, bacon.


The playful and confused mutterings of the addict.
posted by clockzero at 2:16 PM on April 19, 2012 [17 favorites]


Dawwwwww!! Shoggoth has the cutest hat!
posted by seanmpuckett at 2:18 PM on April 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Admiral Haddock: "But at the same time, I've had it with bacon. And cupcakes. And bacon cupcakes, and cupcake vodka, and chocolate-covered bacon cupcakes, and bourbon-bacon chocolate cupcakes. It's just so played out.."

I am so with you on that count. Sometimes though, my desire for goofy overpowers my derision of OMG.EPIC.WIN.FAIL.BACON.CUPCAKES.LEGOS.JONSTEWART.BLAHBLAHBLAH. By the end of this video I was so damn hungry for bacon, it stopped mattering.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 2:22 PM on April 19, 2012


By the end of this video I was so damn hungry for bacon, it stopped mattering.

Yes, I'm almost feral with bacon-lust right now. I'm trying to think of somewhere--anywhere!--I could get just a little bacon bump to hold me over until dinner.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 2:24 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait, he doesn't finish it? Wuss.

Actually, can't say I blame him. That's a terrible way to eat that much bacon.

If you're going to consume that much salt and fat you should dredge it in maple syrup and brown sugar and bake it.
posted by loquacious at 2:28 PM on April 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


Am I missing a translation thing here? That's a lot of bacon but it definitely isn't 1,050 strips. I don't know why that is bugging me but it is; maybe because this doesn't need exaggeration.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:31 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


“You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.”
posted by Garm at 2:32 PM on April 19, 2012 [20 favorites]


I love bacon, but I cannot stand the limply-microwaved pressed-product "bacon" you get on fast-food burgers these days. I don't even want that on my burger, so I can't imagine wanting to eat a doner-kebab made of fake bacon balanced between two soggy buns. Gimme a box of Farmer John's ends-n-pieces any day of the week...
posted by vorfeed at 2:33 PM on April 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


Excellent, I just learned that "strip" is "morceaux" (i.e. morsel) in French.
posted by Gratishades at 2:35 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Morceaux is plural. Singular morceau.

Anyway, before I saw this video I would have said there is no such thing as too much bacon. Now I am not so sure.
posted by Zot at 2:39 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I didn't think it was possible for me to be more turned off bacon than I am already!

But I was wrong.
posted by gomichild at 2:39 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man I got worried when he started with the top. You're going to need that tomato and bun for some mid-bacon variety, man! Luckily he followed my inner plan. The bacon core still way outlasted Bacon Hill. He ate a good third of that bacon. Wow.
posted by graventy at 2:40 PM on April 19, 2012


There's a sort of trembling anticipation when he starts to unwrap it that I think I last saw in that video of the guy swimming around in a septic tank.
posted by emmtee at 2:40 PM on April 19, 2012


But at the same time, I've had it with bacon. And cupcakes. And bacon cupcakes, and cupcake vodka, and chocolate-covered bacon cupcakes, and bourbon-bacon chocolate cupcakes. It's just so played out.

But still delicious, yes. Mmm, bacon.


Agree with your first part, not so much with your second. Being known amoung friends as somewhat of a foodie (that word) I have had to explain my apathy towards bacon 100,000 times since this current porksplosion started, hopefully bacon worship will fade, soon.
posted by Cosine at 2:42 PM on April 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Fine, okay, okay - you've satisfied the Inquisitors. You're free to go.*

* in Spain, the seemingly hospitable gesture of offering guests charcuterie (dozens of pieces of sliced and cured pork) can be traced back to Spanish Inquisition. It was an act designed to sniff out Muslim and Jewish heretics who were trying to pass as Christians.
posted by Davenhill at 2:46 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


When I was a kid, I ate a quarter cup of salt on a dare, which thankfully, er, returned from whence it came almost immediately, because being a kid I didn't know that could kill you.

This reminds me of that.
posted by jason_steakums at 2:50 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah the bacon meme is played out but it's hard to hate on it because, well, bacon.

Confession: sometimes, when I'm cooking up some bacon, I eat some of the pieces raw because I just can't wait anymore.
posted by Doleful Creature at 2:50 PM on April 19, 2012


OK there's no way that is 1050 slices of bacon. I figure that's about 250 slices at most.

I went to calorieking.com and it says a medium slice of bacon is .3 oz, or possibly .4oz if it's a thick slice. Let's use the .3oz figure to be conservative

1050x.3oz = 315oz = ~19.7 pounds. There is no way that is 20 pounds of meat.

Why do people lie about things that are checked so easily?
posted by charlie don't surf at 2:52 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


did he say how much it cost?

Burger King is having a promotion on Japan: ¥100 to add 15 strips of bacon. This guy added ¥7000 (about $85 USD) worth of bacon, for a total of 1050 strips. More info here.

I recall some other guys in Japan (or maybe China?) who were pulling stuff like this. It became a minor meme to order, say, a thousand Chicken McNuggets and film their agonizing attempt at eating them all in one sitting.
posted by cyberscythe at 2:55 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


When did the iPhone become a standard unit of measure?

It's been about two, three MySpaces.


Started during the Year of the Whisper-Quiet Maytag Dishmaster, didn't it?
posted by gompa at 2:56 PM on April 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


WHat is that music?

It's driving me mad!
posted by broadway bill at 3:00 PM on April 19, 2012




1050x.3oz = 315oz = ~19.7 pounds. There is no way that is 20 pounds of meat.

Again, this isn't regular bacon. It's paper-thin fakebacon, so you've got to take the fact that it weighs only an insignificant fraction of an actual piece of bacon into account.
posted by vorfeed at 3:04 PM on April 19, 2012


I'm reading the original source website, and it's pretty funny. It's even in English too! According to the site, it's 5.92 lbs of bacon and roughly 14,300 calories.

Links:
Burger King Japan Offering 15 Bacon Strips for $1 So We Order Whopper With 105 Bacon Strips

Roughly 10 minutes later, Mr. Sato was finished. We asked him for a comment but he just sat there silently with a look of triumph on his face, his eyes blissfully vacant and far away, until he suddenly came to, murmuring something about having to be home to sign for parcel delivery and running out the door with his hand over his mouth.

We’re not quite sure what happened after that and Mr. Sato refuses to talk about it.

This is all your fault, America.


We Order Whopper With 1050 Bacon Strips, Struggle to Level Comically Huge Burger

After Mr. Sato brought the burger in, we helped peel off the layers of grease-soaked paper, careful not to upset its balance as if it were some cruel butcher’s Jenga.
posted by cyberscythe at 3:07 PM on April 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


The bacon fad really ought to have diversified into pancetta crazes and guanciale fetishes and etc by now. I don't know what the hold-up is.
posted by ook at 3:10 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


WE ATE A BACON
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 3:10 PM on April 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wasting food is so cool!
posted by Splunge at 3:11 PM on April 19, 2012


By my count, that's about 3.2 pounds of pig. Or about a fifth of a piglet.

Aw. Piglet.


That'll do Pig. That'll do...


That said, this amount of bacon is too much for me, and I reallly like eating the piggy...
posted by pupdog at 3:13 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wasting food is so cool!

It was wasted when it turned from perfectly servicable pig into fast-food bacon.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 3:18 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Leave it to the Japanese to create the first successful approximation to the likes of a baby shoggoth using only industrialized food. Yeurgh.
posted by Iosephus at 3:18 PM on April 19, 2012


Now I haven't eaten at burger King is a long time -- but I don't remember the bacon there looking anywhere near that good. Is the bacon in Japan better that the bacon here in the US's Midwest. ISN'T THIS WHERE PIGS COME FROM??
posted by rtimmel at 3:20 PM on April 19, 2012


It was wasted when it turned from perfectly servicable pig into fast-food bacon.

No charge.
posted by Cosine at 3:27 PM on April 19, 2012


I just stopped by to say "And then I watched a movie from Hollywooooood" cuz no one else has. (via FZ)
posted by redunzl at 3:30 PM on April 19, 2012


Why do people lie about things that are checked so easily?

This is fast food "bacon" not thick sliced deli bacon. Looks about right to me.

Anyway, according to BK's website, a regular cheeseburger is 300 calories. A "singel stacker," which looks like a cheeseburger with "two half slices" of bacon on it is 380. So a slice of BK bacon is 80 calories. That's 84,000 calories of bacon, plus 670 for a regular whopper. Looks like he ate maybe 1/5 of it? That's 16,934 calories. Not sure where their claim of 14,300 comes from... that would be 13.6 calories per slice, which is clearly wrong. Maybe they measured how much he ate and that was 14,300. I guess your body just can't handle a week's worth of food at once.

Plus:

Metafilter: Some cruel butcher's Jenga.
posted by cmoj at 3:34 PM on April 19, 2012


Gaaah. Ew. No. Just... Blaaah. I'm surprised my stomach didn't start turning when he unwrapped the TOWER OF BACON. Blaaaaaggghhhh.
posted by egypturnash at 3:54 PM on April 19, 2012


I'm reading the original source website, and it's pretty funny. It's even in English too! According to the site, it's 5.92 lbs of bacon and roughly 14,300 calories.

This doesn't add up either. 5.92lbs / 1050 = 0.0056380952381 lbs. per slice = ~.09oz per slice. That is less than a third of a standard slice.

14300 cal / 1050 = 13.6 cal per slice. Calorieking.com says a .3oz slice is 46 cal, so the BK bacon slice is about 1/3 the calories of a standard .3oz slice. So it should weigh about 0.1 oz. Close enough.

So the 1050 slices of bacon are actually more like 350 slices of bacon, but cut into thirds. That's a lot closer to my eyeball estimate.
posted by charlie don't surf at 3:56 PM on April 19, 2012


charlie don't surf: So the 1050 slices of bacon are actually more like 350 slices of bacon, but cut into thirds.

Look at yourself. Is this what you wanted?
posted by gilrain at 4:02 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Over-numerating a pile of bacon.
posted by loquacious at 4:07 PM on April 19, 2012


That is a heart attack waiting.
posted by irish01 at 4:20 PM on April 19, 2012


Coming back from a ski trip a few years back my friend John had a bottle of vodka and was sipping away, in back of the car. We stopped at a MacDonalds in a small town around 1 in the morning.

John gets out, placing the mostly empy bottle back on the seat. He is swayingly drunk but filled (as I am soon to discover) with terrible purpose. He marches into the shop. Raises a finger. ‘Kiwiburger’, he mumbles. Kiwiburgers are a New Zealand innovation that involve fried eggs and beetroot.

The counter girl turns to get the order but John stops her with an imperious hand. ‘No. Three. Kiwiburger’. She’s fine with this and agrees that she’ll get him three Kiwiburgers. But John shakes his head, frustrated at the failure of communication. “NO. Kiwiburgers… three… in one.”

There is a hush as the staff contemplate this absurdity. Three burgers in one? Such a thing is unheard of. Then the store manager narrows her eyes, nods once. This will be done. This challenge will be met. The honour of the Levin MacDonald’s night-shift will be maintained. She calls the staff together for a council of war.

Stacking that many slices of meat and eggs is difficult so, after discussion they develop a sort of cardboard superstructure to contain the tottering mound of fat-slick flesh. The whole store thrums with purpose.

Watching this, after a few minutes. I have a thought, tap John on the shoulder. ‘Have you actually got any money?’, I ask.

He shakes his head, vibrating with suppressed glee.
posted by Sebmojo at 4:21 PM on April 19, 2012 [33 favorites]


Goddamnit Japan. You have just, for the first time in my life, made me see bacon and think "that looks disgusting."
This slight shall not go unpunished. >:(
posted by GoingToShopping at 4:31 PM on April 19, 2012


Oh my god, people, it is 105 pieces of bacon, not 1050. The last zero is so obviously a typo what is reading comprehension i cannot even

argh

105!
posted by elizardbits at 4:32 PM on April 19, 2012


oh the irony of me not rtfa

*sobs*
posted by elizardbits at 4:33 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


i shall now commit seppuku with a pointy slice of bacon
posted by elizardbits at 4:33 PM on April 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


in Spain, the seemingly hospitable gesture of offering guests charcuterie (dozens of pieces of sliced and cured pork) can be traced back to Spanish Inquisition. It was an act designed to sniff out Muslim and Jewish heretics who were trying to pass as Christians.

I've seen this claim elsewhere, but it really smacks of being a cultural Just-So story.
posted by yoink at 4:37 PM on April 19, 2012


cyberscythe: "I'm reading the original source website, and it's pretty funny. It's even in English too! According to the site, it's 5.92 lbs of bacon and roughly 14,300 calories."


Holy shit! That thing looks like a Sleestak in the photos. Or a horribly burned H.R. Puffenstuff. And again with the iPhone.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 4:42 PM on April 19, 2012


So much for eating dinner.
posted by indubitable at 4:58 PM on April 19, 2012


Metafilter: now counting a plate of bacon strips
posted by infini at 5:09 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


WHat is that music?

It's driving me mad!


It was used in the Girls Gone Wild commercials that used to air seemingly on endless loop on Comedy Central.
posted by indubitable at 5:10 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I had a bacon cheeseburger for lunch, and it looked a lot better than this abomination. Everything should be in proper proportion for a harmonious dining experience. The yin of the bacon must match the yang of the paddy, and so on and so forth.

Harrumph.
posted by Kevin Street at 5:34 PM on April 19, 2012


I'm not sure what a lethal dose of salt might be, but that would have to come pretty close.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:39 PM on April 19, 2012


It may not be possible to stuff that much solid matter in an average stomach. Or at least, not all in a single serving.
posted by Kevin Street at 5:42 PM on April 19, 2012


More ham than burger.
posted by ardgedee at 5:43 PM on April 19, 2012


It kinda looked like Cousin It with a bun-beret on.
posted by ian1977 at 5:52 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's okay: he's a professional.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:33 PM on April 19, 2012


Compare:

105 strips of bacon
1,050 strips of bacon
posted by PueExMachina at 6:51 PM on April 19, 2012


Oh my god, people, it is 105 pieces of bacon, not 1050. The last zero is so obviously a typo what is reading comprehension i cannot even

You should do what I do. When everyone else is wrong and I'm right about something that should be obvious, I re-evaluate my understanding of the facts before pointing out how wrong everyone is. Keeps me from looking like an idiot (most of the time).
posted by Bort at 7:32 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dear God stop the madness. But, uhhhhhhhhhhh... bacon. Mmm.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 7:53 PM on April 19, 2012


Just for reference, the whole "bacon fad" hasn't hit Japan, so this is coincidental bacon, not fad bacon.

Regarding the bacon strip sizes, I believe (looking at the picture) that the length of the bacon is the same as the diameter of the burger. The bacon I have in my freezer is much longer than that, so I'm guessing that the 0.3 oz bacon measurement upthread is for breakfast bacon, not sandwich/burger bacon, hence the gap.

Splunge: "Wasting food is so cool!"

The part where it says "We ate a bacon" is an incredibly poor translation of the Japanese above it, which says that he and the staff (the friends filming it) ate all the bacon.
posted by Bugbread at 9:52 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait, you have all been obsessing about the number of bacons on that burger, but I can't get over the fact that he didn't actually eat a hamburger, just like the top bun and some bacons. And not only did he not eat a hamburger, but he wasn't even at Burger King. He just got the pile of bacon with some buns at the Burger Kings, even though there is presumably a patty in there somewhere. But where? Do they put bacons under patties in Japan? An he didn't even eat it at the Burger King!

Now if he had only partially eaten 105 bacons at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, that would have been something. Just kidding, kudos to you dude, you're living the dream!
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 10:15 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh for Chrissake people it's a typo! It's 1.5 strips of bacon because 1050 clearly doesn't make any sense.





Whoa.
posted by mazola at 11:04 PM on April 19, 2012


You guys have it all wrong. It's 1050 strips of bacon.

That's 100 quektostrips, or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 strips of bacon. At an average weight of 0.3 ounces per strip, that sandwich may not look like it, but it weighs 9.4x1043 tons, or 28,409,090,909,090,900,000,000,000 times more than the sun.
posted by Bugbread at 12:08 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


He shakes his head, vibrating with suppressed glee.

Sebmojo, I need to know how this story ends. For reasons.
posted by fight or flight at 2:19 AM on April 20, 2012


>Did anyone else smell bacon while watching that video?

I definitely did smell a pork product of some type.
posted by obscurator at 7:12 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: That's 100 quektostrips, or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 strips
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:13 AM on April 20, 2012


Man, seeing him walk out reminded me of my record bacon-eating experience. Comet Cafe has free bacon on Sundays. They start with 50lbs of bacon at 5pm and serve it until it's gone (sometimes as early as 9:30 - hey, it's Wisconsin). This is good bacon, too, served up in one of those red rectangular fry-trays, I'd guess between 1/2-1lb per tray.

So one time I went with some friends, all of whom were vegetarian or otherwise uninterested in the bacon. I got a plate of fries and some cider and started going to town. One tray down and half the fries and my roommate who was a waitress there came by to see how we were doing. Now, after watching it every Sunday for months and dealing with the accompanying crowd, she found the whole bacon-face-stuffing thing rather deplorable. So when I asked her for another tray she gave me a hard eye-roll her and came back with an extra-large tray. I'm still not sure if that was motivated more by favor, spite, or curiosity, but I accepted the challenge and, not being one to let food go to waste, I committed myself to finishing it. The first half went pretty quick, but then I started slowing down. The last few slices went down agonizingly slow, but bite by bite I made it through.

I'm not a nutritionist and I don't know how this works, but it felt like my whole body was slowing down, as if I had somehow become drunk with bacon. I was visualizing my blood, thickened with the fat, oozing through my veins. I paid my bill and headed out, struggling, almost stumbling, to the bus stop, just trying to pull together the energy to make it home. I managed to keep it all down and slip into a coma-like slumber once I got home, but this was after what I'd estimate was only 1-2lbs of bacon (and a plate of fries). It was a lesson learned. There is such a thing as too much bacon.
posted by nTeleKy at 9:11 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Excellent, I just learned that "strip" is "morceaux" (i.e. morsel) in French.

Morceaux is plural. Singular morceau.

Wait, I thought Marcel Marceau was a mime, not a stripper.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:58 PM on April 20, 2012


BACON DALEK!
posted by retronic at 1:43 AM on April 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


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