14 Forgotten Fast Food Slogans

Fast food restaurants constantly change their slogans to get attention from new and hungry customers. Sometimes they’re memorable, like McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” or “It’s Mac Tonight” campaigns, but sometimes they’re not quite so catchy. Here are 14 forgotten fast food slogans.

MCDONALD’S

1. “MCDONALD'S AND YOU”

Introduced during the early 1980s, the slogan “McDonald’s and You” focused on all the good times and laughs you’d have at McDonald’s. The slogan was discontinued after one year.

2. “FOOD, FOLKS AND FUN”

In 1990, “Food, Folks and Fun” catered to children and pre-teens looking for all three in one magical place or Happy Meal. The slogan was short-lived, only lasting for a year.

3. “WHAT YOU WANT IS WHAT YOU GET”

McDonald’s used its “What You Want Is What You Get at McDonald’s Today” slogan throughout the mid-1990s. It emphasized hard work and community values. In the summer of 1994, McDonald’s played up its partnership with The Flintstones live-action movie when they briefly changed it to “What You Want Is What You Get at RocDonald's Today.”

BURGER KING

4. “WHERE’S HERB THE NERD?”

Where’s Herb?” was a scavenger hunt contest to find Herb, a “nerd” visiting a Burger King in every state, giving away cash prizes and Whoppers. Burger King ran the contest throughout 1985.

5. “THIS IS A BURGER KING TOWN!”

From 1984 to 1986, “This is a Burger King Town!” was a slogan that emphasized small-town values and fast food.

6. “FAST FOOD FOR FAST TIMES”

During the late 1980s, Burger King introduced its “Fast Food For Fast Times” ad campaign that focused on fast-paced service and lifestyles.

TACO BELL

7. "MAKE A RUN FOR THE BORDER!"

Taco Bell urged customers to “Make a Run For The Border!" during the late 1980s and early 1990s. They nixed the campaign for the “Yo Quiero Taco Bell!” campaign during the latter half of the decade.

SUBWAY

8. “What A Sandwich!"

Subway used the slogan “What A Sandwich!” briefly during the mid-90s. The sandwich shop used other short-lived slogans until they settled on their current one, “Eat Fresh.”

PIZZA HUT

9. “Putt Putt to the Pizza Hut”

In 1966, Pizza Hut’s first national ad campaign—“Putt Putt to the Pizza Hut”—aired during halftime of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State "Game of the Century." The slogan and commercial successfully ran for eight years.

Fun Fact: In 2002, Pizza Hut approached rock band Ween to write a jingle for a potential new slogan “Where'd The Cheese Go?” for their new stuffed-crust pizza. The song and slogan were rejected, but not before Gene and Dean Ween wrote an amazing jingle.

KFC

10. “GRAB A BUCKET OF CHICKEN, HAVE A BARREL OF FUN”

In 1972, Kentucky Fried Chicken introduced the slogan “Grab a Bucket of Chicken, Have a Barrel of Fun” to go along with the iconic “Finger Lickin’ Good!” catchphrase. KFC used it until the early 1980s, when “We Do Chicken Right” took over.

Fun Fact: Along with “Stuck on Band-Aid” and “Like A Good Neighbor,” Barry Manilow wrote the jingle for “Buy a Bucket of Chicken, Have a Barrel of Fun.”

LONG JOHN SILVER’S

11. “WE SPEAK FISH”

In 2011, Long John Silver's launched “We Speak Fish” as their new slogan with an updated, more modern logo. The slogan was short-lived; it was replaced with “That's What I Like” the following year.

DOMINO’S

12. “AVOID THE NOID”

Introduced in 1986, the Noid was on a mission to ruin your pizza. And since Domino’s wants you to have the best pizza possible, they urged their customers to “Avoid the Noid” with a new slogan and mascot.

13. "YOU GOT 30 MINUTES"

Domino’s discontinued their 30 minutes or less pizza delivery guarantee, but introduced the slogan “You Got 30 Minutes” to give customers the impression of the previous pledge and continued fast service.

WHITE CASTLE

14. “Buy ‘Em By the Sack”

White Castle was established in 1921 and their first slogan was “Buy ‘Em By the Sack.” Over the years, they used “What You Crave” as their slogan, while White Castle’s current motto is “The Crave Is A Powerful Thing.”

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The Honey Smacks In Your Pantry May Be Contaminated With Salmonella
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Salmonella, a bacterial food-borne illness often associated with raw eggs and undercooked chicken, has been linked recently to a popular children's cereal. According to Snopes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging consumers to avoid Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, citing the brand as the likely cause of the Salmonella outbreak spreading across the U.S.

Since early March, 73 people in 31 states have contracted the virus. Salmonella clears up in most people on its own, but in some cases it can lead to hospitalization or even death. Twenty-four victims have been admitted to hospitals so far, with no reported deaths. Of the 39 patients who were questioned, 30 of them remembered eating cold cereal and 14 of them specifically cited Honey Smacks.

In response to the outbreak, the Kellogg Company has recalled its 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce boxes of Honey Smacks printed with any "best if used by" date between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019 (recalled boxes are labeled on the bottom with the UPC codes 3800039103 or 3800014810). The CDC recommends that you take even greater precautions by throwing out or returning any Honey Smacks you have at home, regardless of package size, "best by" date, or whether your family has eaten from the box previously without getting sick.

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, headache, and abdominal pain, and usually appear 12 hours to three days after the contaminated food is ingested. If you or someone in your household is showing signs of the infection, ask a doctor about how to best treat it.

[h/t Snopes]

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Why Does Asparagus Make Your Pee Smell Funny?
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The asparagus has a long and storied history. It was mentioned in the myths and the scholarly writings of ancient Greece, and its cultivation was the subject of a detailed lesson in Cato the Elder's treatise, On Agriculture. But it wasn't until the turn of the 18th century that discussion of the link between asparagus and odorous urine emerged. In 1731, John Arbuthnot, physician to Queen Anne, noted in a book about food that asparagus "affects the urine with a foetid smell ... and therefore have been suspected by some physicians as not friendly to the kidneys." Benjamin Franklin also noticed that eating asparagus "shall give our urine a disagreeable odor."

Since then, there has been debate over what is responsible for the stinky pee phenomenon. Polish chemist and doctor Marceli Nencki identified a compound called methanethiol as the cause in 1891, after a study that involved four men eating about three and a half pounds of asparagus apiece. In 1975, Robert H. White, a chemist at the University of California at San Diego, used gas chromatography to pin down several compounds known as S-methyl thioesters as the culprits. Other researchers have blamed various "sulfur-containing compounds" and, simply, "metabolites."

More recently, a study demonstrated that asparagusic acid taken orally by subjects known to produce stinky asparagus pee produced odorous urine, which contained the same volatile compounds found in their asparagus-induced odorous urine. Other subjects, who normally didn't experience asparagus-induced odorous urine, likewise were spared stinky pee after taking asparagusic acid.

The researchers concluded that asparagusic acid and its derivatives are the precursors of urinary odor (compared, in different scientific papers, to the smell of "rotten cabbage," "boiling cabbage" and "vegetable soup"). The various compounds that contribute to the distinct smell—and were sometimes blamed as the sole cause in the past—are metabolized from asparagusic acid.

Exactly how these compounds are produced as we digest asparagus remains unclear, so let's turn to an equally compelling, but more answerable question:

WHY DOESN'T ASPARAGUS MAKE YOUR PEE SMELL FUNNY?

Remember when I said that some people don't produce stinky asparagus pee? Several studies have shown that only some of us experience stinky pee (ranging from 20 to 40 percent of the subjects taking part in the study, depending on which paper you read), while the majority have never had the pleasure.

For a while, the world was divided into those whose pee stank after eating asparagus and those whose didn't. Then in 1980, a study complicated matters: Subjects whose pee stank sniffed the urine of subjects whose pee didn't. Guess what? The pee stank. It turns out we're not only divided by the ability to produce odorous asparagus pee, but the ability to smell it.

An anosmia—an inability to perceive a smell—keeps certain people from smelling the compounds that make up even the most offensive asparagus pee, and like the stinky pee non-producers, they're in the majority.

Producing and perceiving asparagus pee don't go hand-in-hand, either. The 1980 study found that some people who don't produce stinky pee could detect the rotten cabbage smell in another person's urine. On the flip side, some stink producers aren't able to pick up the scent in their own urine or the urine of others.

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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