McDonald's chip monopoly at London Games relaxes one hairsbreadth

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  1. SpaceBeers says:

    FFS! Is it just this Olympics that has this stink of corporate greed about it or has it been all the recent ones and I just haven’t notice it due to not living in the host nation?

    • cservant says:

      All of them.  I lived (survived) though one.

      • SpaceBeers says:

        Interesting. It never really occurred until now. They should just let Greece hold it every year from now on. Euro crisis – solved. You’re welcome.

        • GyroMagician says:

           I was talking to a guy on Crete a couple of weeks ago. He saided the Athens Olympics pushed Greece over the edge, and that it’s never recovered. He hoped the London Olympics wouldn’t cause the same damage…

          • SpaceBeers says:

            Interesting. I could see that happening with the boobs we’ve got running the place at the moment.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Here’s China four years on.
            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-18780003

          • Rhyme79 says:

            Doesn’t the host country rake in the money through the selling of the TV rights? Every country wants to air the games on their TV network right? Or is this aspect different to how it used to be?

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Doesn’t the host country rake in the money through the selling of the TV rights?

            TV networks pay billions for the right to carry the games, which costs they then pass on to their advertisers. State-run TV would just be flushing billions down the toilet if they did that.

          • AllyPally says:

            No, the INTERNATIONAL Olympics Committee has the TV rights, not the British OC or the UK Government.

        • RaidenDaigo says:

          It is shocking Greece hasn’t tried pulling some sort of copyright stunt on the whole sh-bang.

          • Vic Hoon says:

            Greece’s copyright on the Olympics probably ran out about 1800 years ago.

          • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

            Copyright wouldn’t work; but the right Euro-lobbying might get you something else, a ‘protected geographical designation’ or some other de-novo ‘property’ right in perpetuity…

        • mccrum says:

           Corporations do well, host countries do not.

          Unless you’re suggesting that Greece actually get in on the corporate action, in which case, their athletes would have an advantage and impinge on the Sanctity And Purity Of The Games ™

      • Kris N says:

        You were at the 1896 games? Good on you, Highlander.

        • cservant says:

          I shall wave my umbrella around like sword welding maniac.

          Jokingly aside, look up Coca-Cola and the Olympics.  And any company that’s been around long enough.

          My take is as soon as the Nazi’s started using it as part of their propaganda machine in the 30s, it’s been downhill.  People noted they could bring their message to the games.  During the Cold War, it was the Americans and Russians trying to bring their message of superiority.  After the end of the Iron curtain in 1989, I guess was the major boon of “corporate  dickery”.  The lessen of political propaganda, meant an increase of corporate ads.

          Yes, you may call Godwin.  But without the Nazi I really doubt the Olympics would gather that much attention.

          • Gyrofrog says:

             I thought it was particularly pointless when the professional NBA amateur basketball players from the United States beat Croatia for the gold medal.

    • Kris N says:

      Put into perspective,  it’s a recent thing when you consider the modern Olympics have been running for 116 years. Countries didn’t really look at the Olympics as a profit opportunity until the 1984 games in LA, which were actually successful in a financial sense. Since then it’s gradually increased; I started noticing the insane marketing as of Atlanta 1996 but I’m not that old, so YMMV.

  2. marukosu says:

    How McDonald’s even gets to sponsor the Olympics at all is beyond me.

    • Ashen Victor says:

      Money, lots of filthy, greasy, unpalatable money. 

    • SpaceBeers says:

      I was wondering about that. My g/f said it’s because they apparently plough a shitload of money into sports for kids and things like that. I agree that it makes no sense. Other such mysteries include Cadburys and Coke.

      • Cory Doctorow says:

         It’s totally un-mysterious.

        McD’s and other junkfood merchants earn $X billion in profit from ruining kids’ health.

        They spent $0.001X billion on sponsoring kids’ sporting activity.

        They get to claim to be guardians of health and fitness.

        Profit!

        • SpaceBeers says:

          Ah, so that’s the mysterious Phase 2. Someone tell the underpants gnomes!

        • Boundegar says:

          Excellent ROI, no?

        • Mordicai says:

          Is it really .oo1?  I bet it is smaller than that.

          • joeposts says:

            Funny article: “Will your Che Guevara t-shirt get you sent home, and if so, for what? For supporting communism? For espousing the 1958 removal of Fulgencio Batista? For championing the right to look like a tool?”

            Is my “FUCK BATISTA” shirt ok then??

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            The Olympics, a subsidiary of the TSA.

        • twianto says:

          What, 1.x million dollars is what you’re saying? No, it’s way, way more than that for McDonald’s alone. Facts _do_ matter.
          Look, olympic sponsorship sucks in every possible way, including McDonald’s, but why make shit up when the facts are on your side anyway? 

          • EvilSpirit says:

            Turns out that, in a randomly-Googled quarter of last year, McDonald’s netted about $1.5 billion. So, call X maybe $6 billion a year.

            How much they spend on sports sponsorship will be harder to dig up, but yeah, $6 million wouldn’t be all that much, worldwide.

          • twianto says:

            McDonald’s says $7 million for Canada alone (I presume Canadian dollars); worldwide it would be a multiple of that, surely. Also, they do cool stuff with kids’ hospitals all over the world.

            Just cause their food and olympic sponsorship suck doesn’t mean they don’t do genuinely good things. Let’s stick to the facts.

            (Also, if X is 6, Cory’s figure for sports sponsorship would be $1.6 million, which is obviously bunk.)

          • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

            Even the Mexican drug cartels give money to charities occasionally.

          • wysinwyg says:

            Remember when Hezbollah gave out stacks of cash to victims of the skirmish with Israel?  Sweet dudes, amirite?

            I’m pretty sure McDonald’s employs legions of PR guys who make damned sure that no more money is donated than is strictly necessary to maintain a positive public image. Corporations cannot “do good things” because they are not moral agents. Human beings can do good things. Maybe if human beings had more money and corporations less more good things would get done.

  3. TomClayman says:

    You would have to be a complete Muppet to give two shites about the Olympics. Do not watch them. Do not talk about them. Do not participate at all with information about the results from the Olympics. It is a joke. East London will be ruined for decades. 

    • elix says:

      I used to love the Olympics. I haven’t given a shit since … actually, I can’t even remember where the Games were held before Beijing (no need to correct me, I could Google if I gave a shit).. that’s how much contempt and disgust I have for what they’ve become.

      And I’m sure this has all been going on for decades, we just didn’t hear about it as much. (The missiles, however… that would’ve been in the papers if there had been SAMs mounted in Barcelona or something.)

    • Scurra says:

      But what if you actually (a) like sport, and (b) quite like the genuinely open nature of the Olympics as far as competitors goes: it’s the only place you’ll see people like Eric the Eel et al – the folk who are what the “spirit” of the Olympics is supposed to be about – and have proper upsets and so on.  
      I agree entirely that the IOC have come close to destroying this “spirit”, but the participants should not be tarred with the same brush.  (I realise that there are still some of them who are egocentric borderline sociopaths who don’t care about anything other than winning, but – as with the rest of society – they aren’t the majority.)

      • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

        Sadly the spirit has been drowned in a sea of crap.  Maybe letting the Olympics wither and die is necessary to save them in the long run.  It’ll hurt a generation of athletes though.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          It’ll hurt a generation of athletes though.

          Why? They can still compete. They can’t be seen on television by a couple billion people or get their faces on cereal boxes, but they can still compete. Countries are being brought to financial ruin while corporations are reaping huge profits and law that’s been working for a millennium is erased. The athletes are just a PR ruse, no more valid than endless pictures of the burning WTC.

          • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

            The Olympics is really the only time people in events like swimming and gymnastics get seen by a large audience.  Be honest, are you watching 100 yard dash competitions any other time?

            I agree the athletic angle is exploited for commercial purposes but there is some truth to it.  But yes, it doesn’t justify the PR smoke and mirrors as you point out though.

      • joeposts says:

        I agree, but it’s like the Olympics is making me feel bad for the athletes. There’s billions of dollars being made, none goes to the athletes who have to dedicate their lives to a sport and sometimes live in poverty, then they’re sent out to bring glory to advertisers. And the ad men and IOC hide behind the athletes when scandals and corruption are revealed.

  4. Crubellier says:

    Also: McDonald’s sells *fries*, which are long and thin, not traditional British chips, which are much thicker.

    • Mordicai says:

      I assumed that UK McDonalds had their own style, the way that like, German McDonalds sell beer & McRibs all the time?

      • bumblebeeeeeee says:

        Germans love pork. It’s France that used to sell beer, not Germany.

        • Mordicai says:

          I thought it was, like, most European McDonalds, since they never went through the Prohibition & the weird American Puritanical Blue Laws?

          • bumblebeeeeeee says:

            you, like, just assumed? Think it’s got more todo with alcohol licensing. A restaurant aimed at kids, teenagers and drivers isn’t gonna be allowed to sell beer.

          • Mordicai says:

            …except in many European countries, teenagers are of drinking age? Yeah, I like, assumed, based on like, hearsay. This isn’t, like, a court of law? A quick Google search bears out that Germany’s McD’s sell beer, as do French, Swiss, Italy & Austria ones, at least. That ain’t all of Europe, but it sure is a lot of the big names.

        • TheMudshark says:

          I´m not 100% sure about Germany, but since there´s always been beer at McD in Austria, it´s highly likely it´s the same way in Germany. And it assuredly has nothing to do with it “being aimed at kids, teenagers and drivers”. Beer is available pretty much everywhere around here and there is no stigma attached to enjoying one.

        • bumblebeeeeeee says:

          yeap, USED to http://www.mcdonalds.fr/produits/boissons

      • monstrinho says:

         yes, greasy, cold and generally shitty.

    • mortdieu says:

       I always assumed that the difference was that chips are made out of potato, and fries are made out of cardboard.

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

       In the US we usually call the thick fries “steak fries”

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      The article suggests that McDonald’s have started selling traditional fish and chips (wrapped in newspaper with salt and vinegar). It is years since I used McDonald’s, but presumably they are selling their filet of fish (or whatever) and fries. Or has the government sold them the rights to use the term fish and chips as well?

  5. Ashen Victor says:

    And I always thought that wet yellow fried cardboard didn’t count as fries!

    Seriously McDonalds, GTFO, nobody buys you being all about “sports” or “health” or “food”.

  6. elix says:

    Because when I think of abusive, monopolistic, antidemocratic corporatist thuggery, I think McDonalds and the 2012 London Olympic Games!

    I’m lovin’ it.

  7. GyroMagician says:

    Not only are McD bullying the locals while pushing fake chips, they’re not even paying their taxes. 38Degrees is trying to change that – sign up and add to the pressure:

    https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/olympic-tax-dodging-petition-bb

  8. eldritch says:

    I’m kind of wondering where things will go when people decide they’ve had enough of corporate greed.

    Presumably the more corporations become like governments, the more they will be at risk to the sorts of things which topple governments? What would a popular revolution against a corporation look like?

    More and more I agree with Ambrose Bierce’s now-century-old observation in The Devil’s Dictionary…

    “Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”

    • Lemoutan says:

      Behaviourally, corporations are becoming more like governments. Legally, they’re becoming more like individuals. How the concerned citizen is to keep them honest is quite a puzzle.

      • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

        Seeing as people are more than happy to sell naming rights to every public thing they can now I don’t think most people have the moral backbone to care.  Anything to prevent them from spending a buck on taxes for the common good.

        I’ve always suspected the privatization of the public realm was partly to get around some rights, such as free speech.  They can always claim private property rights in those cases and say you don’t have the right to free speech, protest, etc.

    • LennStar says:

      “I’m kind of wondering where things will go when people decide they’ve had enough of corporate greed.”

      Where do you live?
      They start to protest and in 99% the money wins. The 1% ist ACTA.

  9. Joel Phillips says:

    If anything, VISA’s sponsorship is the worst.  You can only buy tickets using a VISA card; at the venues, the only accepted cards are VISA.  “That’s okay”, you think, “I’ll just draw cash if I need to pay for something”.  Well no, all the normal ATMs at the venues will be turned off, and the (few) replacements will only accept … VISA. 

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/jun/01/visa-cuts-atms-london-olympics

    • someguyyouvenevermet says:

      Doesn’t even make sense from an extreme capitalist perspective. Sponsors won’t be happy if people can’t buy things because they can’t get money and people are going to hate Visa for depriving them of access to their money.

      • wysinwyg says:

        This is pretty much the opposite of the extreme capitalist perspective.  The state is providing anti-competitive subsidies to large, favored corporations (corporations that have already benefited from socialist, anti-competitive subsidies and policies in their home countries).  This is the sort of socialist crony corporate feudalism that’s getting passed off as “liberalism” these days.

    • Daniel Cosby says:

      Is VISA’s headquarters in a volcano or something? I’m imagining the meeting that decided this was followed by hours of cackling.

    • LennStar says:

      So basically my whole familiy needs to get enough money from home before going there for a month?
      Well planned!

      • Steve Bosman says:

        Only if you’re planning on living inside the same venue for the whole month, otherwise you’ll just need to get enough cash for each day. I haven’t heard anything about people being locked in overnight, but that revelation may only be a matter of days away.

    • Just_Ok says:

      I’m going to watch on cable, paid with my MasterCard (had to use an AMEX cash advance to bring down my balance), whilst eating Burger King everyday.

    • jerwin says:

      “Disabling the ATMs will make it harder for visitors to find somewhere to withdraw cash, but Visa said it expected many to bring money with them”

      Pickpockets are an olympic tradition.

  10. Lemoutan says:

    It is too much to hope that every company engaging in this kind of olympian exclusivity will be boycotted and out of business within a year. There. I’ve said it.

    • Rhyme79 says:

      Afraid so, most people either don’t care enough or can’t be bothered, or are too busy worrying about feeding their family, to actually get together and actually DO anything about the corporate greed we are becoming enclosed by.If there was a boycott for long enough and on a large enough scale to put a SERIOUS dent in a corporation’s profits then keep repeating to do so, THEN and only then, might there be some changes.

  11. Nancy says:

    21st century workers’ concerns perfectly epitomized.

  12. professor says:

    Chips and French Fries are  NOT the same thing! Chips are thick, chunky pieces of potato, lovingly hand-prepared, delicately deep fried and dusted with the finest sea-salt. French Fries are potatoes screamingly forced through a potato abattoir and shredded into slivers, dunked into boiling sump-oil, pulled out moments before blissful death arrives, given time to contemplate their agony before being tortured again until mere shadows of their former selves, thrown into a stainless-steel container under sun-like radiation lamps and drenched with Sodium Chloride.
      I see no competition here!

  13. Boundegar says:

    The English contribution to world cuisine: the chip.  So they’re eating American ones?

    • Daneel says:

      A Fish Called Wanda FTW!

    • peterkvt80 says:

      I don’t think that the English chip contributes to world cuisine any further than Ireland which is a shame because they are far superior. McD’s fry is an all American copy of a Belgian invention, and called French because some Belgians happened to speak French.
      Americans don’t know what to do with English food. I made some Yorkshire puddings in Georgia. They put maple syrup on them!

      • cdh1971 says:

        Sorry, but you’ve succumbed to several common myths. 

        First, ‘French Fries’ were invented on Martha’s Vineyard by Mrs. Phosphine  French. Her Husband Alexander loved his wife’s creation and when he was stationed in Belgium during the Great War he introduced the Belgians to the ‘French Fry’, which he named after himself. 

        The British quickly discovered this  innovation, adapted it to their cuisine, and renamed it to ‘chips’  because it had the word ‘French’ in its name. 

        As for Yorkshire Pudding, it was first formulated in Yorkshire Vermont, and indeed the original Yorkshire Puddings incorporated maple syrup. A favourite son of Yorkshire VT brought the pudding recipe to his ancestral Yorkshire, England and soon after became a very popular desert there.   

        The rest of the U.S. doesn’t take their Yorkshire Pudding with maple syrup, but Georgia, being very, very backward did not catch on to the trend of not using maple syrup. Actually, your friends in Georgia were being pretty traditional. 

      • Ladyfingers says:

         In South Africa and Australia, chips are the norm, not fries.

      • RJ says:

        I’ve never tried Yorkshire pudding with syrup, but that does sound tasty. Thanks for giving me the idea.

      • Wreckrob8 says:

        Yorkshire puddings with maple syrup AND gravy? Please let it be so (so I can laugh more).

      • penguinchris says:

        I made Yorkshire puddings for myself once (I had never had them before but was aware of their existence and discovered they are easy to make). I put sausage bits inside some of them.

        They are not that exciting by themselves, even with the sausage, so I looked around for things to put on them. Maple syrup (the real stuff from Canada) was the best thing I tried. I’m not sure what you’re “supposed” to put on them, but if maple syrup is wrong, well, English people are missing out.

      • Steve Bosman says:

        Nowt wrong with syrup on Yorkshire puds – my grandparents (who were from Yorkshire) would sometimes serve them with golden syrup for pudding if there were leftovers from dinner.

    • Aloisius says:

      In what universe do you think the English invented French fries?

      The first “chips” weren’t fried in the Britain until 1860 while Thomas Jefferson had a recipe written out for them in his own hand in 1801.

      • RJ says:

        I’m reluctant to believe old Tom found himself in a situation where he needed to jot down the details of frying a sliced-up potato to go with his ham sammie. That would be the one recipe card in his file with the most white space on it.

        (edit: I’m not disagreeing with the thrust of your argument; only that it seems silly that anyone would need to write down the finer points of frying a potato.)

      • Boundegar says:

         Yes, but did they bear his children?  I think not.

  14. ssam says:

    workers should be more greatful. by eating delicious macdonalds fries they will become fit and healthy, soon they will be high paid olympic sportsmen.

    • LennStar says:

      You know, there are many sportsmen and women who not only don’t get paid but have to bring their own gear on their expenses.  There is a woman in shooting who had to raise money to buy the laser pistol they use a the games only 40km away from me.

  15. acoastwalker says:

    The olympics celebrate all that is wrong with society.  The whole thing fills me with revulsion.

  16. Just_Ok says:

    Skip the Olympics and go to the French Fry capital of the world: Florenceville! 
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/07/11/nb-flo.html?cmp=rss

    It’s FRIDAY!

  17. Bill says:

    Ah the modern Olympics!  Where average citizens medal if they successfully navigate the corporate challenges (“America’s Kelly Johnson takes the lead after that beautiful purchase of a McDonald’s fish and chips while using her Visa debit card.  That move’s degree of difficulty isn’t very high but was executed with such precision she will be hard to beat.  We expect to see her on the medal stand.”).

  18. Paul Coleman says:

    I really hope that the between event festivities include parachuting filet o’ fish sandwiches from the rafters of the various venues.  I saw this happen at a basketball game in New Orleans.  I’m pretty sure it was the most memorable marketing gimmick I ever saw.  The best part was when they ran out of parachutes and just started dropping them on the crowd!!!

    Edit: The above sure reads like spam, but it’s 100% true.

  19. bumblebeeeeeee says:

    chips ≠ fries

  20. Sodexo Canada fed the athletes at the Vancouver Games. The chef running the show is a friend and after spending months putting together a menu vetted by nutritionists he found that McDonald’s had veto power over his menu plans. Not only were they not allow to serve hash browns at breakfast, Sodexo wasn’t allowed to promote the fact that they were there at all. In fact, they caught hell when Celebrity Chef Michael Smith, who works with them on some projects, gave them some prominent mention in an interview. Absolutely insane.

    • joeposts says:

      Chef Michael Smith did a presentation at a culinary school earlier this year, I didn’t know who he was and just went to get a book signed, lol. He went off on a rant about how incredibly difficult it was to serve healthy food at the Olympics. Cool guy, very passionate about healthy eating.

  21. BookGuy says:

    I do remember seeing an interview with Usain Bolt during which he talked about eating a lot of McDonald’s at the Beijing Olympics because he didn’t trust the local food.  So, with that sample of n = 1, McDonald’s -> Athletic greatness.

  22. doggo says:

    I’m sick and tired of these “people” pushing us around. Corporations are, if they are “people”, supposed to be obsequious shills and hucksters trying to separate us from our money for their , sometimes, worthless products, whom you could facepalm out of your way if they got annoying. Now they’re pushy skinhead bullies, and greasy corrupt officials, ordering us around and trying to run the show. Uppity fuckers. We should put them in their place.

  23. Gary61 says:

    say it, SAY IT:
    ‘Chip Chip HURRAY!’

    (it’s ok, I’m married to an Englishwoman)

  24. David Witt says:

    “Corporations are people, my friend.”

  25. Jorpho says:

    Other caterers had negotiated special rights to serve chips with fish – but not chips on their own, or with anything else.

    Sounds like a perfectly exploitable loophole.  Find the cheapest possible unit of non-perishable “fish” and include it with the chips.  Thumbnail-sized fish nuggets.  Fish candy.  Heck, it doesn’t even have to be consumable – give ‘em minnows encased in plastic.  Problem solved?

    • morcheeba says:

      I’m pretty sure McDonalds exploits this loophole, even though they don’t have to. Most of their food is non-perishable and barely consumable.

  26. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    At what point are we allowed to conclude that the ‘Olympics’ are actually the Yes Men’s most successful parody to date of corporatist dystopia?

  27. atimoshenko says:

    Way to spend lots of money pissing people off. Must be some real soopah-geeneeooses in McDonald’s marketing department handling the Olympic sponsorship deal.

    No – realising that you have ensured that there are absolutely no chip options but McDonald’s does not make any potential customer think more highly of your brand… 

  28. nixiebunny says:

    Let’s hear it for free enterprise, the backbone of successful economies everywhere. 

  29. Asgard Clone says:

    What about people who can’t eat fish for reasons of belief or allergies? I guess we can just go without food? Nice.

    • Marc Mielke says:

      It’s an exception. I’d imagine you’d go to McD’s like everyone else. So yes, you’d be going on without food. But you’d at least have ‘food’. 

  30. Bevatron Repairman says:

    The thing is: I like the Olympic sports themselves.  I think it’s fun to watch obscure sports get an occasional time in the spotlight – fencing, swimming, rowing, etc.

    And yet, I can’t help but think if the IOC were to chose a single, permanent venue in some appropriate, relatively apolitical city – Vienna or Hong Kong or Toronto – and have all future events there, the IOC could avoid the corruption related to both bid competitions and the need construct brand new facilities each time and allow it to be about spo–

    Oh, wait.  I answered my own question.

    • twianto says:

      I don’t think Austrians would like to have that circus in their capital; their politicians are no less susceptible to being dazzled by all the promises of publicity and all too ready to surrender themselves to the demands of big organizations.

      Case in point: for some European soccer championship a couple of years ago, the city of Vienna fenced off a significant portion of its inner city and a major avenue (“fan zone”) where you had to undergo “security” checks to enter and couldn’t bring any food or drink — because UEFA had an exclusive agreement with Carlsberg that only overpriced Carlsberg beer was to be consumed inside that area.

      Seriously, this is just nuts.

    • Bevatron Repairman says:

      My point was that the IOC would never do such a thing because it denies their ability to solicit bribes on a biannual basis.

    • jellyfishattack says:

      Toronto does not want to host the Olympics, or the Commonwealth Games, or the Pan-American Games – EVER!!!!!!!

  31. RedShirt77 says:

    Classic modern story…   oops, we were selling everything to the highest bidder and accidentally sold a little of your freedom.

  32. Peter says:

    I’m not sure whether to boycott the Olympics for allowing McDonald’s to bully people with its absurd food rules, or to boycott McDonald’s for associating with such a freedom-hating organization as the Olympics.

    (Okay, I’ll just do both of them, and while it’s no great sacrifice on either score, I do very occasionally eat and enjoy McDonald’s food).

  33. gandalf23 says:

    What’s the definition of a fish?  

    One, or more, of the other vendors should sell their chips with a fish sticker on the wrapper, or something like that.  Or with a veryvery small piece of fish, more like just a crumb of fish.  Then it is technically fish and chips, and mcDs can go stuff themselves.  

    • RedShirt77 says:

       Somewhere in the world of science, Burger King has hired a crew of men in white coats to insert fish genetics into a pickle.

      • Boundegar says:

         Oh they’ve been successful.  It’s called a fickle, and it’s delicious!  The only problem is the aquaculture, because they require highly saline, acidic water charged with spices and garlic.

  34. wysinwyg says:

    I’m just glad Boston’s probably not ever going to be in the running to host.  This all just sounds so awful.  Sorry Londoners.

  35. GregS says:

    I don’t about the rest of you, but when I think of athletic excellence, the first thing that comes to mind is a training diet consisting of Big Macs, soda, and fries.

  36. nunya says:

    Why not just serve lard smoothies at sporting events if they are going to serve McFatfolds at the Olympics?

  37. lumpygravy2 says:

    Hitler and Goebles thought the Olympics were a marvelous tool for manipulating the masses.  It’s always been about reinforcing the concept that most of us are inferior and that we should willfully bow down to our 1% betters.  This is just an example of a little reality seeping through the wizard’s curtain.  This elevation of physical sports over intellectual health has already pretty much destroyed the US educational system.

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