Schadenfreude is a German word for the sense of joy one feels at someone else’s pain. Though it’s been a hell of a rough year, newswise, some pretty awful things have happened to awful people, and sometimes — let’s face it — it’s pretty nice to see. Better than the opposite at least. So here are some great moments in schadenfreude from the year 2014, lest anyone ever forget the time Rick Perry had a mugshot. Keep reading »
Getting married at McDonald’s would have been my wildest dream around age five. Apparently some couples in Hong Kong never let go of that dream and are actually getting married with Ronald McDonald as a witness.
The wedding program at Hong Kong McDonald’s locations has become so popular that the website has a special page for nuptial planning, complete with golden arches shaped into a heart. It reads, “Thinking about throwing a really special party for your wedding, engagement, anniversary or bridal shower? Think McDonald’s.” Keep reading »
Yes, McDonald’s French fries are very dangerous in the sense that you could inhale a super-sized order in the blink of an eye. But also, they can be physically dangerous, as demonstrated by a woman in Bordeaux who was seriously injured by one of the delicious potato wedges. Let this be a cautionary tale.
It started as most fast food kerfuffles do; with hungry people and slow customer service. An unidentified, angry patron tried to launch a French fry, missile style, at a McDonald’s employee. Presumably as a signal for the McDonald’s staff to get going on the Big Macs? But the aim was off, and instead of pelting the employee with a potato torpedo, it hit a female diner in the eye. The woman was rushed to the hospital with a scratched cornea and told to stay home from work for the next 10 days. Police are still trying to track down the French fry assailant. I guess this is what our parents meant when they told us not to play with our food.[Cybergazing]
Adult Swim, the deranged nocturnal twin of Cartoon Network, is a pleasant, hilarious reprieve from the mostly squeaky-clean nature of cable TV. The Wikipedia page cites “minimal or no editing for content,” which sounds about right: there are precious few things that are deemed too risqué or outlandish for the nightly programming. One of these things, apparently, is this clip from “The Eric André Show” of Andre as a drunken Ronald McDonald hitting up his local McDonald’s, which the network refused to air. Granted, the rejection was based not off content or legality but concern for the future of Cartoon Network’s ad sales (they have a deal with the fast food chain for Happy Meal toys) should the footage be okayed. Andre appeared on “Conan” last night and brought the scrapped video along with him, which of course Conan had no problem airing himself … [via Huffington Post]
A horse is a horse of course, of course, unless the horse is a horse that just really wanted a Big Mac from McDonald’s. An unnamed woman in Manchester, UK, tried to take her horse through the drive-thru of her local McDonald’s, but staff there refused to serve her. So, instead, the woman decided to bring her horse inside the Micky D’s. A girl riding a pony accompanied the woman, because every horse needs a pony, right?
The horse, said police, “ended up doing his business on the floor.” (See above photo for reference.)
“The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members,” said a rep for the Greater Manchester Police. The woman was charged with the quaintest British offense ever: “causing alarm.” [BBC]
She was lovin’ it a little too much. Manatee resident Christine Faith Baker, 47, was arrested after she allegedly offered sexual favors for two McDonald’s dollar-menu cheeseburgers, according to the Miami Herald.
An undercover officer invited Baker into his car on Friday and started talking about sex. Baker allegedly said that her fee was two McDoubles — the dollar-menu version of a double cheeseburger — costing a grand total of $2.75. Read more …