Thursday, February 24, 2005

L.A. Stories

Today's LA Weekly reminds us why we are called "La-La-Land" with another weird news item.

And what became of the so-called Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich that, a few months ago, sold on eBay for $28,000 (even though the image looks more like a brunette Mae West)? It was purchased by online-gaming giant and has become a mascot for the company’s popular eating contests. Last week, the company bought the similarly significant McDonald’s “Lincoln fry” — a 4-inch strip of fried potato that contains a partial bust of President Lincoln at one end — for $75,100.

“This is a great day for marketing,” CEO Richard Rowe stated in the company’s press release. “And a great day for Abe Lincoln.”

A few days prior, on the afternoon of Abe Lincoln’s 196th birthday, an enthusiastic crowd of about 200 fills the bleachers at Muscle Beach to watch “The Passion of the Toast,” a 10-minute all-you-can-eat competition, and to get a glimpse of the Virgin Mary grilled cheese, which’s Steve Baker carries around in a sturdy glass case.

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