Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/23/18

Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.”   —   Matthew McConaughey

(Well, I guess ol’ Matthew really loves his cheeseburgers!  I’ve never taken the time to study the evolution of the cheeseburger, but it seems to me that they’ve both been around my entire life. 

I’ve noticed though, that since the later ’70s/early ’80s on, that the big burger fast food outlets have essentially done away with the basic hamburger.  All of their burgers are essentially cheeseburgers now.  You really don’t see a plain burger on their menus anymore.  It used to be you’d see a hamburger for a certain price, then – for 10, 15, 20 cents more – they had the cheeseburger.  And, all was right with the world. 

But, the fast food companies got greedy, and decided to put only cheeseburgers on their menus.  If you don’t want cheese on your burger they’ll happily remove it.  But, and here’s the kicker, they still charge you the full price of the cheeseburger.  This results in a 30 to 90 cent profit for them when you say “No cheese, please.”  This is what is known as an “illegal tying arrangement”, and there is a federal class action lawsuit, that was filed in Florida, saying that this is unfair, deceptive and misleading.  That’s a nice way of saying that it’s a ripoff! 

Not only is it a ripoff, but I think you could make a good argument for the correlation of there being a huge increase in cheese consumption in this country – largely as a result of only cheeseburgers being available – and the increased rate of obesity in the country.  You’re getting between 6 and 9 more grams of fat with every cheeseburger, over a basic hamburger.  Plus, about 60 more calories.  They also seem to push cheese and cheese sauce for just about everything these days. 

I love cheese.  And, I think eating it, in moderation – like with anything else – can be a healthy choice.  But “choice” is the key word here.  If we choose to go the healthier route, and forego the cheese, should we be forced to pay for it?  Doesn’t seem right to me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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2 Responses to “Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/23/18”

  1. 1 roy odom jr October 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    The real profit, UR, is in the fries and soft drinks!
    After yesterday’s very simple cryp, today’s was hard to get started, even with __A__ A next to last. “MAN WHO” sounds a little faux-Confucian. However, I assumed the 4 common letters in the 12-letter word had to be either N or E, and CHEESEBURGER it was! Hold the cheese, please …

  2. 2 unclerave October 24, 2018 at 9:35 am

    C’mon, roy! Don’t muddy the waters. The cheese scam is completely different.

    But, I’d go farther than faux-Confucius. It’s more lame Charlie Chan! LOL!

    — YUR

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