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Sandwich Monday: The Meat Monster

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We think of the United States as the Fast Food Nation, but really it's other countries that take fast food and turn it into art. Chinese KFC has the Tender Beef Pentagon, German McDonald's has Das Nurnburger. And since it's only at Japanese Burger King that you can get "The Meat Monster," we had to make one ourselves. The parts didn't all fit.

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The Sistine Sandwich.

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Ian: It looks like a fighter plane sweeping in to bomb my heart.

Mike: Unlike the Godzilla with Matthew Broderick, this is a positive example of taking something Japanese and making an American version.

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Before the bite.

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Mike: As Japanese monsters go, this is no worse than Mothra.

Peter: It's more like Ghidora, who is a hybrid monster. A fire-breathing three headed dragon with two tails. It combines a lot of different things into one monster.

Ian: A good point from Petera, the fact-breathing nerd monster.

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The cross-section.

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Peter: This is just the latest phase in Japanese engineers improving an American idea. They did it with the transistor radio, they did it with automobiles, now with the cheeseburger.

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Ian: And I think you'll find this sandwich gets excellent gas mileage.

[The verdict: unexpectedly delicious. We recommend making your own (the components: a bacon double cheeseburger and a chicken club from BK). You'll find that you're left with two long buns to do with what you please. We recommend making small shoes or a sandwich that tastes like emptiness.]

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