You may be seeing the image above (or something like it) bemoaning the death of the Big Mac going around your social media feeds today. Don’t believe it: it’s a hoax.
The article bemoaning the death of the Big Mac (along with the apple pie and supersized options) comes from Daily Buzz Live, and carries some rather heartbreaking news for fans of the Big Mac.
“Currently, the Big Mac has a whopping 550 calories and 29g of fat. The Apple pie contains 250 cal, and it would take a full 69 minute to walk that off! With that being said, those two menu items were not a tough decision for elimination.”
However, you can tell pretty quickly that the death of the Big Mac is a hoax. For starters, look at the poor grammar and sentence structure in the supposed tweet.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that the Big Mac will no longer be apart of our menu. It is our sincerest apologies.”
The word “apart” in that sentence makes no sense; your 8th-grade English teacher would quickly remind you that it should be “… no longer a part of our menu,” two words. Also, the sentence “It is our sincerest apologies” makes no sense, either. Surely, McDonald’s has someone in their Social Media division whose tweets wouldn’t make an English teacher blush.
The bigger giveaway that the death of the Big Mac is a hoax is the source: Daily Buzz Live(DBL), like The Onion, posts satire – that is, articles that aren’t true. To be fair, you have to dig around pretty hard to find DBL’s disclaimer, but it’s there, on their Contact Us page, buried in several paragraphs of legalese.
“And just a few stories are works of complete fiction. Those few articles are for entertainment purposes only.”
Unfortunately, DBL mixes satire stories with true stories, making things difficult for readers who want the truth. Also, the idea of McDonald’s pulling the Big Mac would seem to make at least some sense, considering the nation’s obesity epidemic, which, according to Think Progress, can be at least partially-blamed on fast food, such as McDonald’s.
Nevertheless, when you read a headline or see a post on social media that seems too weird or unexpected to be true – whether it’s the death of the Big Mac or the death of Axl Rose – it’s always best to check around (Snopes is always a good resource) to make sure you’re not being duped by a hoax.
And for the record, here’s McDonald’s actual Twitter feed; there’s nothing in there about the Big Mac being pulled from the menu.