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Marginally Pizza-Related: 'Bea Arthur, Mountains, Pizza'

[Photograph: http://beaarthurmountainspizza.tumblr.com/] I was a huge photography nerd in high school. (At some point during my senior year, my day comprised at least three hours of photo-related time — Photojournalism I or II [for the newspaper and yearbook], Advanced Photo II, and Directed Study/Photo Lab Assistant.) Learning about composition, exposure, and all the technical aspects were crucial, sure, but perhaps the most important lesson my teacher, Mr. Evans, taught me came when he gave our Beginning Photo class thematic assignments. In assigning the week's theme ("Contrast," "Things Out of Place," "Happiness," for instance), I'll never forget this bit of... More

'This Is Why You're Fat'

OK, OK, people. You can stop sending us the link to This Is Why You're Fat. (Thanks to everyone who did, though, including Jessica and Gordon.) It's a blog of some of the craziest bad-for-you-foods out there. I don't know whether to be honored or horrified that the Double Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt makes it onto the list.... More

Beaker the Muppet Visits Ben's Chili Bowl

A Beaker internet meme is a pretty good meme. The hapless lab assistant, famous for speaking the language of mee-mee-meee, has been keeping busy in D.C., riding public transportation, busting former mayor Marion Barry in his hotel room, hugging the Obama girls, and getting his half-smoke on at Ben's Chili Bowl. Related What's a Half-Smoke? In Videos: Barack Obama Doesn't Know What a Half-Smoke Is Where Did the Swedish Chef Muppet Come From?... More

In Videos: 'Spaghetti Cat, I Weep for You'

Back story, in case you missed this one. In August, The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet inexplicably cut to a shot of a cat eating spaghetti during a segment on binge drinking. The footage was featured on The Soup, and a new meme was born. The latest in the saga is a totally ridiculous song called "Spaghetti Cat, I Weep for You," complete with cheesy visuals. The video, after the jump.... More

'The New York Times' Doesn't Know What the Flying Spaghetti Monster Is

In Julia Moskin's piece on molecular gastronomy in the New York Times today, I couldn't help but notice a familiar noodly-appendaged creature. To my dismay, the caption for the photograph of the Flying Spaghetti Monster just read "a noodle monster." Is it a conspiracy by the Times to deny recognition of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and its Pastafarian followers? Or are writers and editors at the Times woefully unaware of Internet memes that date back to 2005? Did they not check their own archives? What's the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, you ask? Wikipedia has the answer: The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is a character created as a satirical protest to the decision by the Kansas... More

Another Day, Another Meme: 100 Japanese Foods to Try

Yesterday I did the 100 Chinese Foods meme and mentioned that I'd check in today with the 100 Japanese Foods to Try meme. Here it is. This one was started by Maki Itoh on her blog Just Hungry. The idea, again, is to copy and paste the list into your own site, bolding the items you've tried. The interesting thing about Maki's list is that it goes way beyond the Japanese foods we know and love in the West. Sushi, sashimi, and noodles barely make an appearance here. It's a real eye opener. My list appears after the jump. It seems the other folks here at SE are burnt out on 100 foods memes. Maybe they'll chime in in the... More

Another Meme: The 100 Chinese Foods to Try Before You Die

OK. Memes are spawning memes are spawning memes. It's like an experiment gone out of control. Mutations are rampant, and they're spreading like viruses. You remember The Omnivore's 100, right? Then there was The Traveling Omnivore's 20. Then the 10 Texas Sausages to Eat Before You Die. Now, the blog Appetite for China has birthed The 100 Chinese Foods to Eat Before You Die. The rules are similar to Omnivore's 100: Copy the list, paste it into your own blog, and bold all the foods you've had. There's also a 100 Japanese Foods to Try list, but I'm saving that post for tomorrow. My Chinese list, after the jump.... More

The Traveling Omnivore's 20

Last week we blogged about Very Good Taste's Omnivore's 100 list. A meme in which you highlight the items you've tried from a list of 100 and post it on your blog. (We posted our lists here.) This week, Sarah DiGregorio of the Village Voice blog Fork in the Road came up with a list of her own. The Traveling Omnivore's 20. Like the 100, but location-specific—e.g., barbecue burnt ends in Kansas City, boudin noir in Paris. Our traveling lists appear here, after the jump. We encourage you to post your own!... More

The Omnivore's 100

This is really great. The blog Very Good Taste has come up with a list of 100 items that every omnivore should try in his or her life. And has turned it into a meme. Basically, you copy the list from Very Good Taste's The Omnivore's 100 and post it to your blog, bolding the items you've tried and striking through any you would never try. Oh, just go visit VGT for the nitty gritty. Below is my list, as well as those from the gang at the Serious Eats office.... More

Update on Taco Bell Rip-Off of Drive-Thru Rap Videos

Turns out that Taco Bell, back in January, had used focus groups operated by Q & A Research to shape the idea for a rip-off of the fast food drive-thru meme. I got in touch with Matt Whitlock, who participated in one of the focus groups--most interesting is that the producers actually took the feedback to heart and reshot the commercial: The next clip was actually with actors and it was more along the lines of what is played on TV right now, and people said the same thing, but we gave our input. We said it would be better if it looked like it was a YouTube video, like bad quality, amateur film, because the one they showed... More

Taco Bell Commercial Co-opts Drive Thru Rap Video Meme

It was only a matter of time before some big corporation caught wind of the drive-thru rap video phenomenon, previously covered here on Serious Eats back in April. Drive-thru rap videos on YouTube date back to 2006 but only recently have hit the mainstream. The basic premise: People drive up to the drive thru, usually with a friend providing beat-box, and rap with intentionally difficult-to-parse orders to confuse the employees on the other end of the intercom—the whole affair videotaped and uploaded to YouTube for all to see. Now, Taco Bell (or an ad agency working for them) has co-opted the meme, keeping the appearance of a homemade video but adding pretty glossed up close-ups of the food--and sanitizing... More

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