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11 Supersized Sandwiches Over 1100 Calories

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The supersized sandwich is the crown jewel of American dining -- served everywhere from four-star restaurants to your local greasy spoon. But not all sammys are created equal. We're giving a special salute to the true kings of this culinary category -- 11 superstar sandwiches that pack in more than 1100 calories each.

This list will either make you hungry or make you want to throw up.

1. Ruby Tuesday's Boston Blue Burger

Calories: 1140


You're basically eating: 19 cups of Jell-O


You're actually eating: A beef patty topped with deep-fried onion rings, blue cheese crumbles, and homemade barbecue sauce. If that's not enough, fries and the mac'n'cheese are included for no extra charge.

2. Subway 12" Chicken and Bacon Ranch Melt


Calories: 1140


You're basically eating: 16 Oreos


You're actually eating: Melted Monterey cheese, crispy bacon, white meat chicken, peppers, and onions. We're betting Jared didn't shed all those pounds scarfing down this heavyweight hoagie.

3. Whataburger Chop House Cheddar Burger


Calories: 1160


You're basically eating: 4 Snickers bars


You're actually eating: Two beef patties, bacon, grilled onion, and shredded cheddar cheese drowned in creamy steak sauce. This burger is only available in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida.

4. Blimpie's 12" Special Vegetarian Doritos Sub


Calories: 1180


You're basically eating: 6 Hershey's bars


You're actually eating: A layer of Doritos beneath American cheese, carrots, lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, and jalapeños, topped off with salt, pepper, and spicy chutney. It's an off-the-menu sandwich with a serious cult following at a few stores.

5. Burger King's Triple Whopper with Cheese


Calories: 1230


You're basically eating: 1.5 cans of Pringles


You're actually eating: Three flame-broiled beef patties topped with mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, onion, and pasteurized-homogenized-American-cheese-flavored-product. Prepared your way.

6. SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger


Calories: 1280


You're basically eating: 6 Krispy Kremes


You're actually eating: Two quarter-pound beef patties, two slices of cheese, two strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

7. Hardee's 2/3-Pound Monster Thickburger


Calories: 1300


You're basically eating: A pint of Chubby Hubby


You're actually eating: Two 1/3-pound beef patties, four strips of bacon, and three slices of cheese topped with mayo on a sesame seed bun. No veggies allowed.


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8. Cheesecake Factory B.B.Q. Pulled Pork Sandwich


Calories: 1440


You're basically eating: 14 Reese's Cups


You're actually eating: Slow-roasted pork smothered in BBQ-sauce and served on a carb-laden brioche bun. Probably washed down with a slice of Chocolate Tuxedo Cream.


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9. Friendly's Grilled Cheese Burger


Calories: 1540


You're basically eating: 3 bags of Fritos corn chips


You're actually eating: Three sandwiches in one! It's a greasy beef patty with mayo, lettuce, and tomato... encased by two grilled cheese sandwiches instead of a bun.

10. Denny's Mac and Cheese Patty Melt


Calories: 1690


You're basically eating: 2 sticks of butter


You're actually eating: Home-style macaroni and cheese smothered in cheddar, doused in Frisco sauce, and stuffed between two buttered slices of potato bread, with a hunk of ground beef thrown in for good measure.

11. Hard Rock Café’s The Texan


Calories: 1729


You're basically eating: Your heart out


You're actually eating: A pile of pulled pork the size of your head doused in chipotle and hickory barbecue sauce, topped with cheddar cheese, crispy jalapeños, and fried onions. The pride and joy of the Lone Star State.


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10 Surprising Facts About The Babadook
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In 2014, The Babadook came out of nowhere and scared audiences across the globe. Written and directed by Aussie Jennifer Kent, and based on her short film Monster, The Babadook is about a widow named Amelia (played by Kent’s drama schoolmate Essie Davis) who has trouble controlling her young son Samuel (Noah Wiseman), who thinks there’s a monster living in their house. Amelia reads Samuel a pop-up book, Mister Babadook, and Samuel manifests the creature into a real-life monster. The Babadook may be the villain, but the film explores the pitfalls of parenting and grief in an emotional way. 

“I never approached this as a straight horror film,” Kent told Complex. “I always was drawn to the idea of grief, and the suppression of that grief, and the question of, how would that affect a person? ... But at the core of it, it’s about the mother and child, and their relationship.”

Shot on a $2 million budget, the film grossed more than $10.3 million worldwide and gained an even wider audience via streaming networks. Instead of creating Babadook out of CGI, a team generated the images in-camera, inspired by the silent films of Georges Méliès and Lon Chaney. Here are 10 things you might not have known about The Babadook (dook, dook).

1. THE NAME “BABADOOK” WAS EASY FOR A CHILD TO INVENT.

Jennifer Kent told Complex that some people thought the creature’s name sounded “silly,” which she agreed with. “I wanted it to be like something a child could make up, like ‘jabberwocky’ or some other nonsensical name,” she explained. “I wanted to create a new myth that was just solely of this film and didn’t exist anywhere else.”

2. JENNIFER KENT WAS WORRIED PEOPLE WOULD JUDGE THE MOTHER.

Amelia isn’t the best mother in the world—but that’s the point. “I’m not a parent,” Kent told Rolling Stone, “but I’m surrounded by friends and family who are, and I see it from the outside … how parenting seems hard and never-ending.” She thought Amelia would receive “a lot of flak” for her flawed parenting, but the opposite happened. “I think it’s given a lot of women a sense of reassurance to see a real human being up there,” Kent said. “We don’t get to see characters like her that often.”

3. KENT AND ESSIE DAVIS TONED DOWN THE CONTENT FOR THE KID.

Noah Wiseman was six years old when he played Samuel. Kent and Davis made sure he wasn’t present for the more horrific scenes, like when Amelia tells Samuel she wishes he was the one who died, not her husband. “During the reverse shots, where Amelia was abusing Sam verbally, we had Essie yell at an adult stand-in on his knees,” Kent told Film Journal. “I didn’t want to destroy a childhood to make this film—that wouldn’t be fair.”

Kent explained a “kiddie version” of the plot to Wiseman. “I said, ‘Basically, Sam is trying to save his mother and it’s a film about the power of love.’”

4. THE FILM IS ALSO ABOUT “FACING OUR SHADOW SIDE.”

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Kent told Film Journal that “The Babadook is a film about a woman waking up from a long, metaphorical sleep and finding that she has the power to protect herself and her son.” She noted that everybody has darkness to face. “Beyond genre and beyond being scary, that’s the most important thing in the film—facing our shadow side.”

5. THE FILM SCARED THE HELL OUT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE EXORCIST.

In an interview with Uproxx, William Friedkin—director of The Exorcist—said The Babadook was one of the best and scariest horror films he’d ever seen. He especially liked the emotional aspect of the film. “It’s not only the simplicity of the filmmaking and the excellence of the acting not only by the two leads, but it’s the way the film works slowly but inevitably on your emotions,” he said.

6. AN ART DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT SCORED THE ROLE AS THE BABADOOK.

Tim Purcell worked in the film’s art department but then got talked into playing the titular character after he acted as the creature for some camera tests. “They realized they could save some money, and have me just be the Babadook, and hence I became the Babadook,” Purcell told New York Magazine. “In terms of direction, it was ‘be still a lot,’” he said.

7. THE MOVIE BOMBED IN ITS NATIVE AUSTRALIA.

Even though Kent shot the film in Adelaide, Australians didn’t flock to the theaters; it grossed just $258,000 in its native country. “Australians have this [built-in] aversion to seeing Australian films,” Kent told The Cut. “They hardly ever get excited about their own stuff. We only tend to love things once everyone else confirms they’re good … Australian creatives have always had to go overseas to get recognition. I hope one day we can make a film or work of art and Australians can think it’s good regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.”

8. YOU CAN OWN A MISTER BABADOOK BOOK (BUT IT WILL COST YOU). 

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In 2015, Insight Editions published 6200 pop-up books of Mister Babadook. Kent worked with the film’s illustrator, Alexander Juhasz, who created the book for the movie. He and paper engineer Simon Arizpe brought the pages to life for the published version. All copies sold out but you can find some Kent-signed ones on eBay, going for as much as $500.

9. THE BABADOOK IS A GAY ICON.

It started at the end of 2016, when a Tumblr user started a jokey thread about how he thought the Babadook was gay. “It started picking up steam within a few weeks,” Ian, the Tumblr user, told New York Magazine, “because individuals who I presume are heterosexual kind of freaked out over the assertion that a horror movie villain would identify as queer—which I think was the actual humor of the post, as opposed to just the outright statement that the Babadook is gay.” In June, the Babadook became a symbol for Gay Pride month. Images of the character appeared everywhere at this year's Gay Pride Parade in Los Angeles.

10. DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR A SEQUEL.

Kent, who owns the rights to The Babadook, told IGN that, despite the original film's popularity, she's not planning on making any sequels. “The reason for that is I will never allow any sequel to be made, because it’s not that kind of film,” she said. “I don’t care how much I’m offered, it’s just not going to happen.”

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NASA Is Posting Hundreds of Retro Flight Research Videos on YouTube
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If you’re interested in taking a tour through NASA history, head over to the YouTube page of the Armstrong Flight Research Center, located at Edwards Air Force Base, in southern California. According to Motherboard, the agency is in the middle of posting hundreds of rare aircraft videos dating back to the 1940s.

In an effort to open more of its archives to the public, NASA plans to upload 500 historic films to YouTube over the next few months. More than 300 videos have been published so far, and they range from footage of a D-558 Skystreak jet being assembled in 1947 to a clip of the first test flight of an inflatable-winged plane in 2001. Other highlights include the Space Shuttle Endeavour's final flight over Los Angeles and a controlled crash of a Boeing 720 jet.

The research footage was available to the public prior to the mass upload, but viewers had to go through the Dryden Aircraft Movie Collection on the research center’s website to see them. The current catalogue on YouTube is much easier to browse through, with clear playlist categories like supersonic aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. You can get a taste of what to expect from the page in the sample videos below.

[h/t Motherboard]

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