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A Million Dollars Worth of Plastic | Lost Notes | KCRW
Flexi-discs are thin plastic or plastic-coated paper records, and in the 1980s they were all the rage in fast food. Burger King teamed up with the popular sitcom character ALF for such hits as “Melmac Rock” and “Take Me, ALF, to the Ballgame.” But McDonald’s truly upped the ante in 1989 when it ran the biggest flexi-disc promotion ever, sending out 80 million discs (playing the “Menu Song”) as inserts in newspapers all over the country. If one of those 80 million recipients was fortunate enough to not only find the plastic disc, but recognize that it could be played on their turntable - they’d win a million dollars. Charlene Price of Galax, Virginia was that lucky winner, and her son Scotty keeps the record as his most prized possession. Reporter Richard Parks III ventured out to Galax to become one of only a handful of people to hear that winning record, and along the way he discovered the complicated history of the family that claimed the prize.
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6 days ago by xr
Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? - The New York Times
The #USA has 5 fastfood outlets for every #grocery #store #obesity - Call for #culture change - #cooking seen as "work"
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9 weeks ago by csrollyson
Louisa 🌹🍞🌹 on Twitter: "Lemme break down the thing about being poor that people like Moby don’t seem to get. Let me start with the humble cheeseburger. Because when I was at my poorest, I ate a lot of McDonald’s. Wait, I hear you say- isn’t
“Lemme break down the thing about being poor that people like Moby don’t seem to get. Let me start with the humble cheeseburger. Because when I was at my poorest, I ate a lot of McDonald’s. Wait, I hear you say- isn’t eating out more expensive? Well…”
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