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(The Indy Channel)   McDonald's markets adult Happy Meals, exercise book included   ( divider line
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2003-09-17 10:11:12 AM  
May I be the first to say WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!
2003-09-17 10:11:16 AM  
2003-09-17 10:12:06 AM  
Damn, I was expecting it to have adult toys.
2003-09-17 10:12:38 AM  
there is nothing happy about mcdonalds

just like there is nothing fun about those tiny 'fun sized' candy bars
2003-09-17 10:12:41 AM  
They get sued once and freak? Heh
2003-09-17 10:13:00 AM  
2003-09-17 10:14:01 AM  
Why is this stupid? If your customer base is telling you by abandoning your products for Subway or other more healthy chains that it wants to get fit, shouldn't you follow their lead?

Good for them, I say.
2003-09-17 10:14:04 AM  
First tip in the excercise book:

1. Stop eating at McDonald's!
2003-09-17 10:14:18 AM  
Companies are always test marketing stuff like this in Indiana. Hoosiers will buy anything once.
2003-09-17 10:14:53 AM  
This is a cheap effort at papering over the cracks.
People should just walk, read a proper book and eat non-McDonalds healthy food.
2003-09-17 10:14:58 AM  
2003-09-17 10:15:59 AM  
I'd rather have adult toy Happy Meals.
2003-09-17 10:16:02 AM  
Alagfuin, those were my thoughts exactly.
The concept of an adult happy meal makes the entire concept of a happy meal rather suspect.
" Sir, excuse me, but why do us working people not get happy meals? Do you want us to have meals that make us feel bad? Why don't I get a little toy?"
"Well sir, the happy meal concept was originally meant for young children who flock to the concept of mixing toys and food.
2003-09-17 10:16:09 AM  
It should also have the phone number of a good heart surgeon.
2003-09-17 10:16:54 AM  
so what's the deal with mayor mccheese? is he edible?
2003-09-17 10:16:55 AM  
Great! So I can have a heart attack and sue em! ka-CHING!
2003-09-17 10:20:47 AM  
Alright, it could work if they put a couple of $100 bills in my box everytime i buy a McAdultContent, or if they have a new "centerfold babe" on the cover... b00bies sell burgers well.....mmm, b00bies..
2003-09-17 10:20:47 AM  

I would tend to agree with you in principle. However, McDonalds isn't really "going healthy". Rather, they are marketing themselves as offering healthy alternatives to their otherwise fattening food. These "healthy alternatives" (i.e. salads) really are not healthy at all. The majority of salads on their menu have as many (or nearly as many) calories as their burgers because of their use of toppings such as bacon, cheese, croutons; and the use of outrageously high fat content dressings.

Lettuce + bacon + cheese + croutons + ranch dressing by the quart = healthy?

Me thinks not.

/my .02
2003-09-17 10:21:01 AM  
2003-09-17 10:23:41 AM  
Ha ha! Top marks to NoAssemblyReqd!
2003-09-17 10:23:58 AM  
Well, they have italian dressing, if you're the one that orders ranch dressing, don't expect it to be healthy.

Also, from what I recall, the croutons are in separate packages anyway, and most of them don't have bacon on them.
2003-09-17 10:24:12 AM  
so what's the deal with mayor mccheese? is he edible?

Mayor mccheese died of arteroschlerosis years ago. About the same time Birdie went blind and lost her legs due to diabetes.
2003-09-17 10:24:30 AM  
A pedometer? more like a Sped-o-meter
2003-09-17 10:24:43 AM  
Does it come with a McDildo?
2003-09-17 10:25:07 AM  
It's nice that they're trying to be more health conscious, but really, this is like the Lorillard Tobacco Company's anti-smoking commercials.

"Burgers are wacko if you're a fatty."

Just to spite them, I'm getting a double quarter pounder with cheese and a large fry.

And a Diet Coke.
2003-09-17 10:25:43 AM  
Are they trying to say I'm fat!!
Just give me my farking cheeseburger, acne-faced punk!!!

Seriously, this is sad. Get some bb guns or something as the toys and I may go back to McDonald's again.
2003-09-17 10:25:55 AM  
2003-09-17 10:26:06 AM  
Actually, MrKraclenutz, McDonalds does have fat-free dressing available.

That said, I understand some people who say that they eat fast food because they don't have time to cook, but how hard is it to throw a salad together at home? I go to McDonalds for an occasional (more like rare) treat of junk food. I can make a salad at home in five or ten minutes.
2003-09-17 10:27:08 AM  
They picked a tough market to trial this in.
2003-09-17 10:29:40 AM  
"Ooouuuuuu - I got a "Pocket Rocket" in my Happy Meal. What did you get?
2003-09-17 10:29:53 AM  
2003-09-17 10:30:34 AM  
Ugh. Don't do a GIS for "Fat Ass".
2003-09-17 10:31:05 AM  
My tip for McDonalds: Replace Happy Meals with Happy Hour, then you will sell more crap as people get too drunk to care what they eat.
2003-09-17 10:31:10 AM  
When will they start offering 'Happy Ending' meals? I could totally rock out to chilling with a burger while getting a hand job...(stops and thinks about what the average McDonald's employee looks like)

Ew. Nevermind.
2003-09-17 10:31:12 AM  
Shouldn't they be giving out coffee thermometers instead of pedometers?

/bummed because McLobster Roll season is over in Boston.
2003-09-17 10:35:33 AM  

Oh, you're absolutely right. The salads are basically green cheeseburgers as far as fat content goes.

Remember perception is everything, though. They don't have to actually be healthy, they just have to convince their customers that eating there isn't committing gastric suicide.

An EggMcMuffin minus the bacon is a pretty good and not too deadly breakfast, by the way.
/tosses McD bag in trash.
2003-09-17 10:35:41 AM  
I've oftened wondered why Indiana gets special treatment from these guys, but then again we Hoosiers are not known as the smartest people in the world.

Oh well, I live in Lafayette and I'll be sure to pick up one of these meals... along with my large-sized double quarter pounder with cheese meal.
2003-09-17 10:40:23 AM  
Fark McPenis...I'd like a McLabia, no cheese.
2003-09-17 10:43:10 AM  
he's excited.

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2003-09-17 10:43:10 AM  
Crispy Chicken California Cobb Salad 10.9 oz (380 cal/23 g fat/3 g fiber/20 g carbs)
Newman's Own Ranch Dressing 2.0 fl oz (290 cal/30 g fat/0 g fiber/4 g carbs)
670 calories
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 9.8 oz (210 cal/7 g fat/3 g fiber/11 g carbs)
Newman's Own Creamy Caesar Dressing 2.0 fl oz (190 cal/18 g fat/0 g fiber/4 g carbs)
400 calories
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 9.8 oz (210 cal/7 g fat/3 g fiber/11 g carbs)
Newman's Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette 1.5 fl oz (40 cal/3 g fat/0 g fiber/4 g carbs)
250 calories

It offers the choice, all right...but you can still get a 'salad' with 670 callories and FIFTY-THREE grams of fat!
suggested prize: a balloon...angioplasty.
2003-09-17 10:43:51 AM  
I wish they would give you a toothbrush to jam into your throat to stimulate the gag reflex and vomit your happy meal back up. that's a great weight loss tool!
2003-09-17 10:45:56 AM  
I'm not sure if ratchicken is something that you can eat at McDonalds or just someone that eats at McDonalds.
2003-09-17 10:55:13 AM  
I just started Fast Food Nation last night. I suspect my eating habits are about to change. In celebration of my enlightenment, I had a number 4, sausage/egg/cheese biscuit with 2 hashbrowns and a supersized Hi-C.

//hungover and going to hell...
2003-09-17 10:55:46 AM  
Are batteries included?
2003-09-17 10:56:45 AM  
they also tested pizza by the slice at McDs in indiana, and you can see where that went.
don't worry - they'll try anything down there.

(though McDs would -seriously- clean up with a couple 'Atkins-compatible' meals.)
2003-09-17 10:57:08 AM  
Anyone else notice that on the side they have a picture of what the happy meal SHOULD be? Much rather have the occasional gut-busting burget+fries with a nice
non-sweetened tea than a crappy salad that I can get much healthier and tastier in a grocery store or a real resteraunt.
2003-09-17 11:00:57 AM  
I'm sure this idea will get glowing reviews and go on sale nationally. I expect they'll sell about 5.

Sounds like law suit insulation. Next time they get sued, they'll hold this product up and say "SEE, we're not heartless bastards!"

The Subway campaign is great PR but utter bullshiat. The 6g of fat thing only includes a few different 6" subs with no cheese and no mayo or oil. I'd sooner eat the cardboard from the packing crates.

/blames self for eating too much.
2003-09-17 11:01:31 AM  
The Canadian version had the full-fat food and came with a lottery ticket.

If only they sold beer and had strippers at Canadian McDick's, they could have covered all the more interesting cardinal sins in one tidy package.
2003-09-17 11:01:35 AM  
ha, ha!!

I love this shiate (the ability of people to swallow anything). I hate my job (copywriter).

In NYC, Michelob Light is advertising with pictures of beautiful people working out in the gym..all sweaty and pumped. WTF!?!
2003-09-17 11:07:37 AM  
The Subway campaign is great PR but utter bullshiat. The 6g of fat thing only includes a few different 6" subs with no cheese and no mayo or oil. I'd sooner eat the cardboard from the packing crates.

Actually, the sweet onion chicken teryaki sub is really good. I think it's on the 6g list. If not, it's pretty close to 6g of fat. My wife always gets mustard on her subs instead of mayo cheese and oil
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