Monday, June 11, 2007

Dinner Is Served

When it comes to fast food, and the dangers therein, I'm often reminded of a story my father likes to tell about an exhibit he once saw at the local YMCA. In it, particular types of food were shown, and next to them were vials (or actual cups, in some cases) full of whatever harmful substances were contained in them. So for example, a can of Coke was displayed, and next to it you'd see a cup full of all the tablespoons of sugar that were in the can (in this case, some ridiculous amount, which I can't quite remember, but trust me, it was shocking.)

And, shock value was among the things the exhibit was trying to achieve, along with an increased knowledge of just what it is we're consuming (ever actually see the amount of fat in a Big Mac? It's repugnant.) I mention all of this simply to introduce another such display which is so brilliant, yet simple, that I'm surprised I haven't seen something like it before. The West Virginia Surf Report (which appears to just be one guy with a fantastically named site) has taken it upon itself (himself?) to take pictures of fast food advertisements and place them next to specimens of the exact same product purchased locally. Truth in advertising? Nooooooo way, Jose. Check out the Arby's Beef n' Cheddar burger:

Advertisement:

Actual:


Yicccck! Anyway, here's the link to the full "report." It's not really all that surprising, but at the same time, it is. Hope you enjoy, or not. Oh, and if he needs an extra hand, I'd be happy to lend him my photo of the Grizzly Burger. Yummmmmmmm.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous brian said...

the 'actual' looks like something i ate on Continental recently.

3:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch Fast Food Nation and then think of the advertised and the actual.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Brian - I'm not surprised. Although I was fairly impressed with the first class meal. And why was I sitting in first class? Oh YEAH! Thanks!!!

Anonymous - on my to do list. I watched Super Size Me last year some time, and thought it was great. Fast Food Nation will be coming up shortly.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Stu said...

well yes, airplane food is pretty bad isn't it? though I had some great food on the flight over to Sydney, courtesy of Cathay Pacific!

What always surprises me is that they ad/actual comparisons don't break any laws - surely this is false advertising or something?

2:21 AM  

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