Thursday, June 19, 2008

JUNE 19, 2008

Do you remember the documentary "Super Size Me" from 2004? If you've never seen the movie... or just don't remember it... a guy named MORGAN SPURLOCK decided to see what would happen if he ate only McDonald's for a month.

Morgan gained 25 pounds (and it was pretty disturbing).

Well, last year, 42-year-old Chris Coleson of New Kent, Virginia decided to go on a similar diet... but his results were a little different.

Since December 3rd of last year, Chris has eaten at McDonald's twice a day... and has slimmed down from 278 pounds to 199 pounds in just over six months. Overall, that's a loss of 79 pounds... or about 13 pounds a month.

(For the sake of comparison, Jared lost 245 pounds in a year by eating Subway sandwiches. Still, Chris is doing pretty well for himself.)

But before you run out and ingest half a dozen McRib sandwiches, there are a few things you should know about Chris's all-McDonald's diet:

#1.) Chris only eats two meals a day... and only takes in between 1,200 and 1,400 calories a day (which is about 600 fewer calories than he really should be getting).

#2.) Chris isn't stuffing his face with Big Macs (which have nearly 600 calories) and fries (500 calories). He'll have an occasional cheeseburger without the bun... but mostly he sticks to the salads, wraps and apple dippers (without the caramel sauce).

#3.) Even though Chris is losing weight... he probably isn't getting all the nutrients his body needs.

Every time you get your mail, you probably end up throwing out a bunch of junk-mail from credit card companies.

But Amy Christiansen from Aurora, Illinois, noticed she wasn't the only one in her family getting credit card applications... they were also being sent to her son Bennett... who's only 6 years old.

So like any caring mother who wants her son to build good credit, she asked Bennett to fill out the application truthfully, just to see what would happen.

He wrote that his birthday was in 2002... he wasn't a homeowner or a renter... and his annual income was $0. When he was done, the application was covered in the sloppy handwriting of a 6-year-old... but Amy sent it out anyway.

A few weeks later, Bennett received a new credit card from Bank of America with a $600 limit.

When Amy contacted Bank of America about the mishap, they said it wasn't their policy to issue credit cards to a minor... but there was no word if the card was actually cancelled.

OK, how much does that stink for anyone who's ever applied for a credit card and gotten denied? That means the banks trust a 6-year-old with a card more than YOU.

If you can afford a transatlantic flight to Britain, you probably have enough money to splurge on a $190 burger.

It's made with wagyu beef (which is special because of its heavy marbling)... white truffles... high class Italian prosciutto... Iranian saffron... pink Himalayan rock salt... and onions deep fried in Cristal champagne.

No, you can't buy this burger at some high-end, hoity-toity restaurant... you can only get it in the U.K.... at Burger King.