Sixty years ago, Fred Flintstone hawked Winston cigarettes. Today, he pitches cereal. And both can kill. Stephanie Soechtig's rabble-rousing documentary Fed Up argues that it's time to attack Big Sugar just like we successfully demonized Big Tobacco. Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up is the first do ... More >>
Inaugurating the back half of Banksy's month-long residency in New York is an all-city exhibition of a grotesque Ronald McDonald sculpture. Yes, really.
Slow to offend
The newly reopened Waverly Diner admits plenty of pre-winter sun. When my colleague, the eagle-eyed Lauren Shockey, reported that the Waverly Diner had just reopened after a what-seemed-like-forever hiatus, I dragged my ass over there as quickly as possible, just to see if the place could p ... More >>
What A train nightmares are made of.Who wouldn't want to be on the beach with a delicious Rockaway Taco in hand on this sweltering day? Apparently not most people who take the A train, according to a McDonald's ad.
San Francisco street mural, artist unknown The popular Mickey D's just east of Cooper Square has been flaunting a new DOH inspection sign - and it looks like they made it themselves.
Sbarro, which recently announced it might file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is now considering a sale instead. [Nation's Restaurant News] Prague is getting on the foodie bandwagon, as it gears up for the Prague Food Festival, which will feature cuisines from around the world. [NY Times] A new ... More >>
Starbucks is being sued for firing an employee who is a dwarf after she asked for a stool or small stepladder to perform her job. [Reuters] The City Parks Department has selected City Farm Café as the new operator of the seasonal café in Union Square Park. [Broadway World] Nutrition advoc ... More >>
In the beginning, there was Ronald.Poor Ronald McDonald. Not only are nutrition advocates trying stamp out his iconic Happy Meals. Now, protesters are even turning up at the poor guy's annual shareholder meeting. Sure, he and his fellow fast-food mascots are at least partially responsible for ... More >>
Ronald McDonald may be returning to the airwaves, but a New York City Council member is determined to keep the clown from making his way into children's digestive tracts.
Pray for us, children.A year after a corporate watchdog group filed a lawsuit against McDonald's to get rid of its "deep-fried Joe Camel for the 21st century," Ronald McDonald is returning to the television sets of America to peddle french fries to children.
The group of Finnish artists and activists that kidnapped a Ronald McDonald statue and promised to behead it in a grisly terrorist-style video, did so when their so-called demands weren't met. [AOL] Graydon Carter and Ken Aretsky were apparently interested in taking over Elaine's, says manag ... More >>
The Los Angeles Unified School District has denied a request by Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution to film at a local high school, and has banned all reality TV shows from shooting in schools. [Hollywood Reporter] A Finnish group that calls itself the Food Liberation Army has "kidnapped" a statu ... More >>
Coming at you: the McDonald's Angus Deluxe Snack Wrap Few things are as relentlessly flogged on TV as the new product roll-outs of fast-food chains. We've been exposed to two in particular over the last few months: the BK Breakfast Bowl and McDonald's Snack Wraps.
Egon Ronay, the Hungarian food critic who helped shape British culinary culture, has died at the age of 94. He had been ill for a number of weeks, but never fully retired. [Guardian] Parade Publications is planning to introduce a new food newspaper magazine and website called Dash, with the ... More >>
These girls clearly have a deep and abiding affection for the fellow in the red fright-wig. Rumors are rife that Ronald McDonald may soon be getting his pink slip.
Outdoor film series kicks off a new season
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Various Clown-Related Craft Books Discovered at: Thrift stores throughout the Midwe ... More >>
All you West Coast types know what I'm talking about. Here's an infectiously cheerful clip from everyone's favorite lonely surf-rock heroine, traipsing around with Ronald McDonald but still giving her heart to the far superior fast-food outlet. There's also a cameo from who I thought was her cat, ... More >>
Not lovin' it.Corporate Accountability International, the corporate watchdog group who brought down penis-faced Joe Camel, has now set their sights on a less phallic but equally pervasive target: Ronald McDonald. The group is planning to release a report tomorrow calling for the clown's retir ... More >>
Two beloved scribes release two dramatically different books, and celebrate accordingly
Comfortably number: An update of Microserfs, without the spiritual ache
Big Mac to come with a warning label
My big fat American heart attack: Eating 90 straight meals at McDonald's to prove a point
Sundance docs: Board youth, iMacs, Big Macs and big mouthswho in Tarnation is next