'Big Mac' on Serious Eats

The $1 Poor Man's Big Mac: Worth It Or Not?

Depending on where you are, a Big Mac sandwich costs around $4 to $4.50. On the other hand, most McDonald's offer a McDouble on their dollar menu. Since all the fast food restaurants are into the customize-the-way-you-want-it game these days, all you've got to do is order the McDouble without mustard and ketchup, and ask them to add shredded lettuce and Big Mac sauce and you've got yourself a pretty close approximation of a real Big Mac, minus the center bun and the sesame seeds, all for about a quarter of the price. More

Latest Big Mac Index Suggests the Euro is Overvalued

The Economist reports that "currencies continue to be cheap in the developing world but overvalued in Europe" according to the Big Mac Index, an informal way of measuring countries' currency values by comparing the prices of their Big Macs against their actual exchange rates. (The Economist admits, "The Big Mac numbers should be taken with a generous pinch of salt. They are not a precise predictor of currency movements.") More

Man Eats 25,000 Big Macs in 39 Years

Last time we wrote about famous Big Mac lover Don Gorske he had eaten nearly 23,000 Big Macs in 36 years, earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Three years later at the age of 57, he's on his 25,000th burger, to be eaten this afternoon at a McDonald's in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where he ate his first Big Mac on May 17, 1972. "Not even a million dollars could get me to go someplace else," Don says in this video from NBC. Congratulations, Don! More

Charts: Big Mac Inflation vs Official Inflation Rates

If you don't trust governments to truthfully report their inflation rates, what's one burger-related way you can cross-check official inflation rates? Check out the prices of their countries' Big Macs over the years. The Economist introduced the Big Mac Index in 1986 as a simple way to calculate the values of currencies around the world against the US dollar using the theory of purchasing power parity"the notion that a dollar should buy the same amount in all countries." Last week The Economist published this updated chart of Big Mac inflation minus official inflation rates. (Of course, Big Mac prices can't tell you everything about inflation. Because..it's a burger.) [via Karen L.] More

Heiglburger

Photograph from New York Post Katherine Heigl, from Grey's Anatomy and Knocked Up eats a Big Mac at the end of the 30th birthday party. Don't dribble any special sauce on that get up, miss! [via Fred S.]... More

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