It's downright tough these days to be clown in the fast-food biz. Just ask Ronald McDonald. As Bloomberg reports, the 48-year-old face of all that's supposedly happy in Happy Meals is finding it harder to land work these days.
Blame it on the changing times. McDonald's is undergoing a dramatic re-branding of sorts, launching its uber-popular line of Starbucks-style coffees under the McCafe label and committing upwards of $1 billion to renovate hundreds of restaurants to make them look less like one big Playland and more like...well, again, Starbucks. And it appears that Ronald doesn't exactly fit in with the aesthetic of the latte-sipping, iPad-toting crowd."
Fast food oddities - Boston.com: "Fast food restaurants seem to be pushing the envelope a bit lately, introducing new culinary concepts that test the limits of their menus.
Here, take a look at some of the, shall we say, 'imaginative' fast food offerings over the years - from sandwiches without bread to uniquely-shaped chicken - that aspired to go where no food product had gone before."
The Location: the In-N-Out near Sausalito, just out of San Francisco.
The Time: Sunday afternoon, 3 p.m.
The Mission: Order and document every single item and option on the menu, public, secret, super-duper-secret.
Anybody who's been halfway around the block is aware of In-N-Out's secret menu, which allows you a few custom options other than the regular hamburger, cheeseburger, fries, shakes, and Double-Double that appear on their printed menus. But the options don't stop there."