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One Person Actually Likes McDonald's New Burgers; Life-Size Colonel Sanders Statue Unveiled

Plus, TipsForJesus strikes again.


— Are McDonald's new "gourmet" burger options actually good? The New York Post says yes. The chain has has been on a very long ride aboard the struggle train, but the paper says McDonald's "Create Your Taste" program — where customers are able to customize their burgers with various toppings — might be its saving grace, even though "ordering is confusing." NYP's Johnny Oleksini notes, "My creation is yummier than any McDonald's burger I've had before." Oleksini is impressed with the sirloin patty even though it kind of looks like a dirty sponge. Eater NY's Robert Sietsema does not agreewith Oleksini: "The biggest drawback was the meat patty itself, which retained the usual McDonald’s smell of slowly rotting meat, a rancidity that no amount of toppings can dispel."

— The statue of Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Double Down-slinging chain KFC, was unveiled in Kentucky today. The bronze, life-size statue stands in an area now called Sanders Park. Sanders may soon have a bridge named after him as well. KFC's parent company Yum! Brands launched a social media campaign last year to get a new interstate bridge that spans from Kentucky to Indiana named after the KFC founder.

— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparently forgot that it is 2015 and not 1950 and have launched a new initiative to cater to the NFL's female fans. The initiative, called RED, mansplains basic football terminology and offers suggestions for "culinary creations" and craft projects which the New York Times sarcastically quips "might help meld a woman's interests with her (unsophisticated) interest in football." The initiative also suggest participants share the recipes on Pinterest. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

— London's famed food market Borough Market is about to undergo a £300 million ($464 million USD) redevelopment plan. This means the area will be getting a number of high fashion boutiques, an art house cinema, loft offices, apartments, and a private members' club. Developer Tom Sherwood promises that the project "will be entirely in keeping with the cobbled streets and artisan feel of the area" but many are worried that Borough Market has been "losing its way" with higher rents pushing out long-standing "quirky" stallholders.

— It looks like tablets are here to stay: Buzztime — a company that builds tablets with trivia games and other sources of entertainment for restaurants — announced that it is introducing a bill paying function. Customers will now be able to pay for their meals through Buzztime's tablets. Buzztime CEO Ram Krishnan notes: "80 percent of BuzzTime's clients serve food, so the ability to order and pay on the same device used for entertainment makes sense."

—The anonymous large tip dropping team behind TipsForJesus has struck again, this time in Wyoming. A server at the Irma Restaurant in Cody received a $1,000 tip on an $85 check. The Instagram post cheekily makes a dig at the dentist who recently shot a lion in Zimbabwe: "There's a better way to spend $55,000 #cecilthelion."

There's a better way to spend $55,000. #cecilthelion #godbless

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