5 headlines about fries that make us go “Whaaa?”

These headlines sound like they could come from a satirical news site but they are all true.

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
11 Mar 2015

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa

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Do you want fries with that? Too bad, says KFC Japan

Guess customers at KFC Japan have to contend with having mashed potato to satisfy their carb fix.

KFC announced last Friday that it had stopped selling fries temporarily as industrial disputes in the US had chopped back potato exports.

Chip troubles for the fast food chain came after McDonald’s Japan was forced to ration its fries last month and even airlifted around 1,000 tonnes of chips in an emergency shipment to ease shortage.

And it seems the shortage has also spread to Malaysia.

When McDonald’s Malaysia launched its popular “Prosperity burger” last week, it put up notices at its outlets advising customers curly fries won’t be served as part of the set meal.

Fortunately, it still has “ample supplies of regular fries and does not expect the Japan rationing to be implemented here yet”.

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
11 Mar 2015

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa

Photo: Screengrab from McDonald's Singapore Facebook
All fired up over (the lack of) twister fries in McDonald’s Prosperity meal

Now it makes us wonder if the lack of twister fries (McDonald’s Singapore’s version of the curly fries) in Prosperity meals here was due to a potential fry shortage.

When the meal was launched earlier this month, Singaporeans cried foul when they learned that it would come sans twister fries and called for its reinstatement.

“CNY without twister fries is not prosperous. Its preposterous. LOL (sic),” wrote Jason Chan on McDonald’s Facebook page.

“Yes, the burger is back. But no twister fries?! Are you joking?!” said Huiyi Ng, while Jessica Mann summed up her thoughts with one word: “McCruelty.”

Unlike their Malaysian counterparts, there was no explanation or even mention that the fries would be a no-show this year - it’s like they thought no one would notice.

Much to the delight of customers, the popular snack returned to menus and promotional posters on January 12.

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
11 Mar 2015

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa

Photo: Twitter
Korean kids kicked out of McDonald’s for throwing $250 French fry feast

Talk about attention seeking!

In 2012, “potato parties” became quite the trend in McDonald’s Japan after a group of kids ordered 23 large servings of fries during a 150-yen promotion, poured them onto trays and uploaded photos of their fry mountains on social media. The photos went viral and the next thing you know, kids were outdoing each other and one group in Okayama Station even indulged in 60-pack fry feast!

Inspired, a group of teens in South Korea shelled out some 270,000 won (US$250) to realise their stunt at their local McDonald’s but got the boot instead.

Fed up of their shenanigans, an employee told the “brats” to “stop causing trouble” and “get out of here!"

Hope they learned the customer isn’t always right.

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
11 Mar 2015

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa

Photo: YouTube screengrab
McDonald’s app protects consumers from fry theft

Apparently fry theft is so prevalent that McDonald’s Canada decided to launch the Fry Defender, a mobile security system for fries.

Launched in 2014, customers simply open the app and place their phone beside their fries to activate it. When the Fry Defender detects movement, it sets off a siren and takes photos until it’s disarmed. The theft can be reported by uploading the photos with the hashtag #stopfrytheft on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

While this satirical app may seem practical on paper, I don’t think anyone would risk losing their mobile phone to save a few fries.

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa
11 Mar 2015

5 headlines about fries that make us go Whaaa

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Sander van der Wel

'Like' curly fries on Facebook? Then you're clever

Okay, this one takes the cake. What has curly fries, or even straight ones for that matter, have anything to do with IQ?

Well, according to researchers at Cambridge University and Microsoft who had joined forces to analyse more than nine million ‘likes’ on Facebook, they could predict five attributes about a person, including one’s intelligence, sexual orientation, and even personality, with more than 80 per cent accuracy.

And their findings showed that ‘liking’ curly fries was a very strong predictor for high intelligence, and apparently the same was true for ‘Mozart, thunderstorms, and Morgan Freeman’s voice. 

But if you fancy American country group Lady Antebellum and Harley Davidsons, sorry to break the news but you aren’t all that bright.

While I’d like to believe that I am a genius, I’m going to take the findings results with a pinch of salt.

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