McDonald’s may have invented “fast” food. But now it wants customer to slow down, fire up some free Wi-Fi, and stay awhile. The company said it is lifting the $2.95 fee it previously charged for two hours of Internet access and is removing time restriction. “We don’t mind at all if people step in, take advantage of the Wi-Fi and linger a bit,” said Dave Grooms, chief information officer for McDonald’s USA. One company that may mind a bit is Starbucks. The coffee colossus provides free Wi-Fi to regular customers with Starbucks cards, but for everyone else it costs $3.99. Here’s the real question when it comes to free Wi-Fi: Would you rather come home reeking of greasy fries or Italian Roast? Either way, it ain’t pretty.
Big, bad burgers. Finally, a study we actually care about. The Cancer Project, a nonprofit research organization heavily funded by PETA, has ranked the five unhealthiest gourmet burgers. And by “unhealthiest,” we’re assuming they mean “most delicious”. Topping the list is Wendy’s Bacon Deluxe Triple Burger with 1,140 (mouthwatering) calories, 71 grams of (fabulous) fat, and 2,470 milligrams of (sweet, sweet) sodium. The runner-up was Carl’s Jr. Guacamole Bacon Six-Dollar Burger with 1,040 calories, followed by Burger King’s Steakhouse XT Burger, Jack in the Box’s Sirloin Cheeseburger, and McDonald’s Angus Bacon and Cheese Burger. “These pricey burgers could do as much damage to your heart as they do to your wallet,” said Krista Haynes, a registered dietitian with The Cancer Project. Yeah, whatever. At least now we know where to go for a decent burger.
Going green. Despite scoring an impressive third-place on the unhealthiest burger list, Carl’s Jr. is throwing a bone to the Food Nazis out there. The company is debuting a new line of salads and has signed on reality-TV personality Kim Kardashian as spokeswoman. A new set of commercials will depict the voluptuous starlet feasting on salad in bed. “It’s true, I love to have bed picnics,” Kardashian says in the ad. “I’m such a neat freak, but I put out my towel and eat in bed, and then, when it gets all messy, I take a hot bubble bath after to wash it off.” Hmm, kinda makes us hungry for some salad.