Marvels of Meatcraft; or, Fly on the Wall 1386 

Fast-food sign humor and why the National Zoo should name their new panda cub after Elvis

It's a Sign!

The fast food signs of Memphis are a never-ending fountain of memorable prose. We're especially fond of the new Arby's campaign, although "Sliders: Marvels of Meatcraft" sounds less like a sandwich promotion and more like a porn movie. Or a History Channel special event.

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On a related note, have you seen the incredibly fair deal being offered by the Union Avenue Krystal? Buy one, get one Spicy Chik Biscuit.

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That's just about as equitable a transaction as one could hope for. It's a better guarantee than you get from most drive-through windows, and so much nicer than "buy one, get bent."

Neverending Elvis

"On Dec. 21, 1970, Elvis Presley visited Richard Nixon in the Oval Office. On Feb. 21, 1972, President Nixon visited China. On April 16, 1972, two giant pandas — Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing — arrived at the National Zoo in Washington." — Washington Post columnist John Kelly on "incongruity," "cause and effect," and why "we must name the National Zoo's new panda cub after the King of Rock and Roll." Kelly further pleads his case saying, "In their day, Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley were polarizing figures. Their legacies are controversial. But we must not forget that one brought us unforgettable music. The other opened the door to China. Together, they brought us giant pandas."


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