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Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 08/04/97

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Shake that funky chicken!

McDonald's continues to exert a magnetic pull on me. I know it's unhealthy, I know it's immoral, I know that with something like 250 food shops in my immediate vicinity, I shouldn't succumb to this kind of lowest-common-denominator thinking. But where would that kind of attitude have gotten Elvis?

The most recent addition to the McDonald's repertoire of special products is the McChicken Deluxe. (Actually, there's also a Fillet Of Fish Deluxe, but there are some things I just don't want to have to think about if I can help it.) This is basically your common and garden McChicken: lettuce, mayo and something that was once near some kind of polutry, with the addition of tomato. A little-known fact is that you can actually ask for tomato on your McChicken at any time, for a price. McDonald's doesn't like to encourage that kind of liberal thinking, however. Nonetheless, the burger itself is pretty cool, and you can put a health front on it: "Hey, it's got vegetables!"

Perhaps recognising, though, that this special offer doesn't show the creative genius of past offerings like the El Maco, there's another offer in place: Chicken McShaker Fries. These basically involve giving you an ordinary set of fries, a paper bag, and a packet of seasoning (that's what the picture is if you're having a slow day). Combine, shake and increase your sodium intake by 200% in just one breath. Other ingredients in the McShaker seasoning include onion powder and protein.

With the Deluxe meals nearing the end of their natural life, a new dessert offering has also appeared: Cherry Pie A La Mode. This is, as you'd expect, Cherry Pie with a plastic container of ice cream to go with it. And it's a rip off at $1.50. A normal McDonald's pie costs $1.00, and ice cream costs $0.30. Who are they trying to kid?


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