1.One night in 1976, Elvis Presley was said to have a craving for a Fool's Gold Loaf, a sandwich he once had at the Colorado Mine Company in Denver. According to NPR, the sandwich is a hollowed loaf of Italian bread, slathered in margarine, with a whole jar of peanut butter, jelly, and a pound of fried bacon, all deep-fried together. The sandwich cost $49.99 ($189 today), and is estimated to have between 8,000-42,000 calories. Elvis and his entourage reportedly jumped on a private jet and travelled to Denver just to eat the sandwich.
2.In 2015, a Minnesota-based YouTuber made a chicken sandwich from scratch. The complicated process included harvesting wheat, slaughtering a chicken, boiling ocean water for salt, growing an entire garden, and extracting oil from seeds. The whole thing cost $1,500 and took him six months to make the sandwich. After tasting the sandwich, he had this to say: "It's not bad...Six months of my life for 'not bad.'"
3.In 2005, when Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visited Finland, he insulted the country's cuisine, saying the Finns "only ate marinated reindeer." Three years later, Finland won at an international pizza competition, beating out Italy, with a pie made with smoked reindeer. The pizza was called Pizza Berlusconi.
4.In 2008, Iran tried putting themselves in the Guinness Book of Records by making the largest sandwich ever made. The attempt required 1,500 cooks to stuff 2,000 pounds of ostrich meat into a 5,000-foot-long sandwich. It took two days to complete the culinary task. But as the sandwich was being measured, spectators ran in and ate the sandwich. The Guinness representatives could not award the record.
5.In 2007, Philip Workman, a convicted murderer and death row inmate in Tennessee, requested his last meal to be a vegetarian pizza that could be donated to any homeless person. Prison officials denied the request. However, after hearing about the request, local residents inundated homeless shelters with pizza donations. One shelter in Nashville received 150 pizzas.
6.As of 2013, Mohammad Mastafa, who owns a hot dog pushcart near the Central Park Zoo in New York City, pays the parks department $289,500 a year for the right to operate. “It’s a lot of peanuts, it’s a lot of hot dogs,” said a parks official.
7.At a McDonald's in Holland, an employee bought a hamburger. After the transaction was made, the employee asked for a slice of cheese, which the cashier gave to him free of charge. The cashier was promptly fired for not charging the full price of a cheeseburger. The case was taken to court, and McDonald's was reprimanded for making a big deal out of a slice of cheese. The court ordered them to pay the fired cashier $5,900.
8.In 2015, a 23-year-old man in Albuquerque was arrested after he broke into his mother's house and stole her pozole, a traditional Mexican stew. According to the criminal complaint, the man had texted his mom that he wanted some of her pozole, but she said no. The man was arrested on a residential burglary charge.
9.During the Winter War of 1939, a Russian battalion had taken the Finns by surprise, but the hungry Russians were stopped by vats of freshly cooked sausage stew. The Russians stopped to eat, giving the Finns enough time to regroup and counterattack.
10.On June 17, 1994, in the midst of the infamous O.J. Simpson Bronco chase, Domino's Pizza had their busiest day on record up until that point, rivaling a typical Super Bowl Sunday. "People were so enthralled by the bizarre nature of what was happening, they didn’t want to miss a moment, so instead of making dinner, many people ordered pizza," said spokesperson for Domino's.
11.In Seattle, a franchise owner of a Quiznos went absent, leaving a small crew to deal with a dwindling food supply and no money. The store's manager, 25-year-old Dawna Lentz, would use cash from the previous day's sales and go shopping at a supermarket for lunch meats. Lentz and three others kept the restaurant afloat for months, sometimes with no pay, until Quiznos finally stepped in and replenished their food supply. Lentz was flown to Denver to meet with the president of Quiznos, and received numerous job offers.
12.In 2014, a 13-year-old Girl Scout and her mother chose to sell outside of a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. With the store's blessing, the girl managed to sell 117 boxes in two hours. According to a spokesperson for the dispensary, the girl had to call for backup supply after 45 minutes.
13.Alan Alda met his wife, Arlene, at a dinner party in 1956. At this party in the Upper West Side, a rum cake accidentally fell on the kitchen floor. Alan and Arlene were the only two guests who didn't hesitate to eat the cake right off the floor. After nearly 62 years of marriage, Arlene says, “We are definitely still those two people who would eat the cake off the floor.”
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