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10 Fast Food-Themed "I Do"s

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No matter how much you love Big Macs or Java Chip Frappuccinos, there’s someone out there who loves them more—a lot more. Check out these 10 quick-eating establishments that have played a big part in fan weddings.

1. WHITE CASTLE

Not one, but three couples deemed a White Castle their wedding venue of choice on Valentine’s Day in 2008. A flower girl threw salt and pepper packets instead of rose petals, and the grooms all wore employee name tags. The joint ceremony, which was broadcast on a local radio station, was held at a Columbus, Ohio, White Castle (also the home of the restaurant’s headquarters). The Ohio wedding was just one of the many White Castle-based ceremonies across the country that have occurred over the years: In 2013, Carla Parris and Bob Watson of Illinois also tied the knot at their local White Castle, paying homage to the fact that Parris’ parents met there. Others have walked down the aisle at the fast-food chain in Kentucky and New Jersey.

2. BURGER KING

With the last names “Burger” and “King,” this Illinois couple pretty much had to incorporate the burger joint into their nuptials—especially since the chain was footing the bill. When Joel Burger and Ashley King got married in July 2015, they fully embraced the coincidental juxtaposition of their surnames: The wedding party donned Burger King crowns for pictures, the groomsmen wore burger-themed socks and cufflinks, and koozies and mason jars adorned with logos decorated the tables at the reception.

3. MCDONALD’S

Every good fair has a giant slide, and the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, is no exception. The Big E’s slide is sponsored by McDonald’s, so when Mary Anne Purdy and John Romani decided to tie the knot at the top of the slide in September, it only made sense that Ronald himself would make an appearance. And more McD’s weddings may be on the horizon—the company now offers wedding packages in Hong Kong.

4. KFC

Dr. Joanne Choo of Sydney, Australia, met her future husband at their church’s youth group. The crew would regularly watch cricket and go out for KFC. As a result, Choo began collecting the brand’s chicken buckets—so when they eventually got engaged, she thought they would make a perfect addition to the photos commemorating the occasion. The couple also ate KFC between the wedding and the reception, and later served the Colonel’s chicken at the baby shower for their first child.

5. TACO BELL

Paul and Caragh Brooks exchanged their vows at a Taco Bell in 2010. The couple from Normal, Illinois, frequented their local establishment so much that they decided it would be the perfect venue to get married. They decorated the restaurant with streamers, balloons, and hot sauce packets that said “Will you marry me?” and sat in a booth while a friend performed the ceremony.

6. PIZZA HUT

Julie Hansford and Paul Young went to Pizza Hut for their first date, so when they got married 14 years later, they opted to hold their reception at the exact same restaurant in Salisbury in the UK. The happy couple served their 80 guests deep dish pizza and a pizza-shaped cake topped with a pepperoni heart. 

7. STARBUCKS

DeAnna Dodson and Jordan Senz of Beloit, Wisconsin, were determined to say "I do" on New Year's Eve, which made locking down a venue for the holiday a challenge—until they decided on a location bound to be open: their local Starbucks. But they're not the only pair to pursue happily ever after at the coffee chain. Holding weddings at the popular cafe is something of a trend, even spawning the hashtag “#StarbucksWedding. Still, Dodson and Senz win the award for punniest vows, with Senz promising his wife “to love you a latte” and “macchiato an honest woman out of you.” They bought the Reverend a caramel Frappuccino after the ceremony and toasted the nuptials with their own morning standards: a Caramel Macciato for the bride and a Grande Caffé Misto for the groom.

8. DUNKIN’ DONUTS

If you prefer the coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts to Pike Place Roast, don’t worry—there’s a wedding for you, too. In 2012, Cliff Ranson and Elizabeth Fischer exchanged vows at a Dunkin’ in Sicklerville, New Jersey. They had a bigger ceremony at a later date, where they sprinkled a little Dunkin’ love by having a doughnut tower instead of a traditional cake.

9. TIM HORTONS

And for the Canadians scoffing at the very idea of Dunkin’ Donuts, of course there’s a Tim Hortons wedding. The bride and groom wore rival hockey jerseys, served Timbits to their guests, and handed out hockey pucks emblazoned with their wedding date and the phrase, “The puck dropped.”

10. WAFFLE HOUSE

To complete our breakfast-themed nuptials, we have a Waffle House wedding. Floridians Summer Buckles and Ken Foote exchanged vows at a Gainesville eatery in 2014 for no particular reason—Waffle House holds no significance for either one of them. “We wanted to do something fun and just a little different,” Buckles explained. Confused? So were the couple’s friends and family, who wondered what to wear to the ceremony. “I was like, ‘Ya’ll, it’s Waffle House,’” Buckles said.

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8 of the Weirdest Gallup Polls
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Born in Jefferson, Iowa on November 18, 1901, George Gallup studied journalism and psychology, focusing on how to measure readers’ interest in newspaper and magazine content. In 1935, he founded the American Institute of Public Opinion to scientifically measure public opinions on topics such as government spending, criminal justice, and presidential candidates. Although he died in 1984, The Gallup Poll continues his legacy of trying to determine and report the will of the people in an unbiased, independent way. To celebrate his day of birth, we compiled a list of some of the weirdest, funniest Gallup polls over the years.

1. THREE IN FOUR AMERICANS BELIEVE IN THE PARANORMAL (2005)

According to this Gallup poll, 75 percent of Americans have at least one paranormal belief. Specifically, 41 percent believe in extrasensory perception (ESP), 37 percent believe in haunted houses, and 21 percent believe in witches. What about channeling spirits, you might ask? Only 9 percent of Americans believe that it’s possible to channel a spirit so that it takes temporary control of one's body. Interestingly, believing in paranormal phenomena was relatively similar across people of different genders, races, ages, and education levels.

2. ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS THINK THE SUN REVOLVES AROUND THE EARTH (1999)

In this poll, Gallup tried to determine the popularity of heliocentric versus geocentric views. While 79 percent of Americans correctly stated that the Earth revolves around the sun, 18 percent think the sun revolves around the Earth. Three percent chose to remain indifferent, saying they had no opinion either way.

3. 22 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE HESITANT TO SUPPORT A MORMON (2011)

Gallup first measured anti-Mormon sentiment back in 1967, and it was still an issue in 2011, a year before Mormon Mitt Romney ran for president. Approximately 22 percent of Americans said they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate, even if that candidate belonged to their preferred political party. Strangely, Americans’ bias against Mormons has remained stable since the 1960s, despite decreasing bias against African Americans, Catholics, Jews, and women.

4. MISSISSIPPIANS GO TO CHURCH THE MOST; VERMONTERS THE LEAST (2010)

This 2010 poll amusingly confirms the stereotype that southerners are more religious than the rest of the country. Although 42 percent of all Americans attend church regularly (which Gallup defines as weekly or almost weekly), there are large variations based on geography. For example, 63 percent of people in Mississippi attend church regularly, followed by 58 percent in Alabama and 56 percent in South Carolina, Louisiana, and Utah. Rounding out the lowest levels of church attendance, on the other hand, were Vermont, where 23 percent of residents attend church regularly, New Hampshire, at 26 percent, and Maine at 27 percent.

5. ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS DON’T KNOW WHICH COUNTRY AMERICA GAINED INDEPENDENCE FROM (1999)

Although 76 percent of Americans knew that the United States gained independence from Great Britain as a result of the Revolutionary War, 24 percent weren’t so sure. Two percent thought the correct answer was France, 3 percent said a different country (such as Mexico, China, or Russia), and 19 percent had no opinion. Certain groups of people who consider themselves patriotic, including men, older people, and white people (according to Gallup polls), were more likely to know that America gained its independence from Great Britain.

6. ONE THIRD OF AMERICANS BELIEVE IN GHOSTS (2000)

This Halloween-themed Gallup poll asked Americans about their habits and behavior on the last day of October. Predictably, two-thirds of Americans reported that someone in their house planned to give candy to trick-or-treaters and more than three-quarters of parents with kids reported that their kids would wear a costume. More surprisingly, 31 percent of American adults claimed to believe in ghosts, an increase from 1978, when only 11 percent of American adults admitted to a belief in ghosts.

7. 5 PERCENT OF WORKING MILLENNIALS THRIVE IN ALL FIVE ELEMENTS OF WELL-BEING (2016)

This recent Gallup poll is funny in a sad way, as it sheds light on the tragicomic life of a millennial. In this poll, well-being is defined as having purpose, social support, manageable finances, a strong community, and good physical health. Sadly, only 5 percent of working millennials—defined as people born between 1980 and 1996—were thriving in these five indicators of well-being. To counter this lack of well-being, Gallup’s report recommends that managers promote work-life balance and improve their communication with millennial employees.

8. THE WORLD IS BECOMING SLIGHTLY MORE NEGATIVE (2014)

If you seem to feel more stress, sadness, anxiety, and pain than ever before, Gallup has the proof that it’s not all in your head. According to the company’s worldwide negative experience index, negative feelings such as stress, sadness, and anger have increased since 2007. Unsurprisingly, people living in war-torn, dangerous parts of the word—Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, and Sierra Leone—reported the highest levels of negative emotions.

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11 Times Mickey Mouse Was Banned
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Despite being one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved characters, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Mickey Mouse, who turns 89 years old today. A number of countries—and even U.S. states—have banned the cartoon rodent at one time or another for reasons both big and small.

1. In 1930, Ohio banned a cartoon called “The Shindig” because Clarabelle Cow was shown reading Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn, the premier romance novelist of the time. Check it out (1:05) and let us know if you’re scandalized:

2. With movies on 10-foot screen being a relatively new thing in Romania in 1935, the government decided to ban Mickey Mouse, concerned that children would be terrified of a monstrous rodent.

3. In 1929, a German censor banned a Mickey Mouse short called “The Barnyard Battle.” The reason? An army of cats wearing pickelhauben, the pointed helmets worn by German military in the 19th and 20th centuries: "The wearing of German military helmets by an army of cats which oppose a militia of mice is offensive to national dignity. Permission to exhibit this production in Germany is refused.”

4. The German dislike for Mickey Mouse continued into the mid-'30s, with one German newspaper wondering why such a small and dirty animal would be idolized by children across the world: "Mickey Mouse is the most miserable ideal ever revealed ... Healthy emotions tell every independent young man and every honorable youth that the dirty and filth-covered vermin, the greatest bacteria carrier in the animal kingdom, cannot be the ideal type of animal.” Mickey was originally banned from Nazi Germany, but eventually the mouse's popularity won out.

5. In 2014, Iran's Organization for Supporting Manufacturers and Consumers announced a ban on school supplies and stationery products featuring “demoralizing images,” including that of Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Sleeping Beauty, and characters from Toy Story.

6. In 1954, East Germany banned Mickey Mouse comics, claiming that Mickey was an “anti-Red rebel.”

7. In 1937, a Mickey Mouse adventure was so similar to real events in Yugoslavia that the comic strip was banned. State police say the comic strip depicted a “Puritan-like revolt” that was a danger to the “Boy King,” Peter II of Yugoslavia, who was just 14 at the time. A journalist who wrote about the ban was consequently escorted out of the country.

8. Though Mussolini banned many cartoons and American influences from Italy in 1938, Mickey Mouse flew under the radar. It’s been said that Mussolini’s children were such Mickey Mouse fans that they were able to convince him to keep the rodent around.

9. Mickey and his friends were banned from the 1988 Seoul Olympics in a roundabout way. As they do with many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, Disney had contacted American favorites to win in each event to ask them to say the famous “I’m going to Disneyland!” line if they won. When American swimmer Matt Biondi won the 100-meter freestyle, he dutifully complied with the request. After a complaint from the East Germans, the tape was pulled and given to the International Olympic Committee.

10. In 1993, Mickey was banned from a place he shouldn't have been in the first place: Seattle liquor stores. As a wonderful opening sentence from the Associated Press explained, "Mickey Mouse, the Easter Bunny and teddy bears have no business selling booze, the Washington State Liquor Control Board has decided." A handful of stores had painted Mickey and other characters as part of a promotion. A Disney VP said Mickey was "a nondrinker."

11. Let's end with another strike against The Shindig (see #1) and Clarabelle’s bulging udder. Less than a year after the Shindig ban, the Motion Picture Producers and Directors of America announced that they had received a massive number of complaints about the engorged cow udders in various Mickey Mouse cartoons.

From then on, according to a 1931 article in Time magazine, “Cows in Mickey Mouse ... pictures in the future will have small or invisible udders quite unlike the gargantuan organ whose antics of late have shocked some and convulsed others. In a recent picture the udder, besides flying violently to left and right or stretching far out behind when the cow was in motion, heaved with its panting with the cow stood still.”

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