12 Meals or Bust

In 2007, a young man by the name of Ryan Giesel created a Facebook group called If 100,000 people join, I'll eat every McDonald's value meal, #1-12. He wrote:

I will consume every value meal from McDonalds, starting with the Big Mac all the way to the Fish Fillet. I cannot get up, it will all be done in one sitting. I will consume every piece of food, but I can drink at my own discretion, I do not have to finish all twelve drinks. We will be recording this extravaganza for your viewing pleasures.

This is what I will consume if 100,000 people join this group:

#1 - Big Mac
#2 - 2 Cheeseburgers
#3 - Quarter Pounder w/ cheese
#4 - Double Quarter Pounder w/ cheese
#5 - Big N' Tasty
#6 - Double Cheeseburger
#7 - Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich
#8 - Premium Chicken Club Sandwich
#9 - Chicken McNuggets (10 piece)
#10 - Chicken Selects
#11 - Premium Chicken Classic Sandwich
#12 - Fillet-O-Fish
-All fries with every value meal has to be eaten as well.

And, this being a global village and everything, a food blog called So Good picked up the story in 2008. Within days, 100,010 people joined the group. Giesel proceeded to attempt the feat, and a friend documented the whole thing in a fairly juvenile video. To quote the So Good blog:

So did he do it? NO. Ryan hit his 10th meal and then quit. He never even made it to the dreaded Filet-o-Fish. Downing 10 meals is an incredible performance, but in the end he came up short.

Sadly, his night ended not in a moment of glory, but with intense vomiting in the parking lot....

Let this be a lesson to you, young people of the world. If you bet against the Internet, you will lose. But on the bright side, lots and lots of people will watch the video of you losing.

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College Board Wants to Erase Thousands of Years From AP World History, and Teachers Aren't Happy
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One would be forgiven for thinking that the Ides of March are upon us, because Julius Caesar is being taken out once again—this time from the Advanced Placement World History exam. The College Board in charge of the AP program is planning to remove the Roman leader, and every other historical figure who lived and died prior to 1450, from high school students’ tests, The New York Times reports.

The nonprofit board recently announced that it would revise the test, beginning in 2019, to make it more manageable for teachers and students alike. The current exam covers over 10,000 years of world history, and according to the board, “no other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year.”

As an alternative, the board suggested that schools offer two separate year-long courses to cover the entirety of world history, including a Pre-AP World History and Geography class focusing on the Ancient Period (before 600 BCE) up through the Postclassical Period (ending around 1450). However, as Politico points out, a pre-course for which the College Board would charge a fee "isn’t likely to be picked up by cash-strapped public schools," and high school students wouldn't be as inclined to take the pre-AP course since there would be no exam or college credit for it.

Many teachers and historians are pushing back against the proposed changes and asking the board to leave the course untouched. Much of the controversy surrounds the 1450 start date and the fact that no pre-colonial history would be tested.

“They couldn’t have picked a more Eurocentric date,” Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, who previously helped develop AP History exams and courses, told The New York Times. “If you start in 1450, the first thing you’ll talk about in terms of Africa is the slave trade. The first thing you’ll talk about in terms of the Americas is people dying from smallpox and other things. It’s not a start date that encourages looking at the agency and creativity of people outside Europe.”

A group of teachers who attended an AP open forum in Salt Lake City also protested the changes. One Michigan educator, Tyler George, told Politico, “Students need to understand that there was a beautiful, vast, and engaging world before Europeans ‘discovered’ it.”

The board is now reportedly reconsidering its decision and may push the start date of the course back some several hundred years. Their decision will be announced in July.

[h/t The New York Times]

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