A serious case of the munchies can drive people to go on all sorts of wacky culinary adventures.
But this guy’s burger beats even the craziest munchies craving.
Mr. Sato, a reporter for the Japanese publication Rocket News 24 who’s made a name for himself as the guy willing to tackle any and all food challenges, took bizarre food possibilities to entirely new frontiers when he ordered a Whopper with 1,050 strips of bacon.
This thing is literally a mountain of meat—it apparently took the people working at Mr. Sato’s local Burger King around two hours to build.
After somehow getting this obscene tower of pork and beef assembled, they carefully wrapped it in multiple Whopper wrappers, and put it in a large plastic bag.
To give you a better sense for how truly insane this guy’s burger was, here are a couple stats:
- The 1,050 bacon strip burger weighed in at 2.7 kilograms—just under 6 pounds!
- The burger’s calorie count was 14,300. That’s enough energy to fuel an adult for 10 days.
When Mr. Sato finally lugged his bacon behemoth back to the office, he unwrapped the beef and bacon beast and dug in, ranting and raving:
“This is what real hamburger lovers eat! 10 strips? 100 strips? Like that’s enough! A real man needs 1,050 strips of bacon!”
“Delicious! This is what meat is all about! This is the taste of a real hamburger!”
The entire experiment began when Burger King Japan ran a promotion offering customers 15 bacon strips for 100 yen (approximately $1.20).
In his first outing, Mr. Sato ordered a burger with 105 bacon strips.
Apparently not quite satisfied with his initial effort, he decided to raise the stakes by a factor of 10, coming up with the idea of ordering the now-famous 1,050 bacon strip burger.
While nobody has explicitly said that Mr. Sato’s appetite was fueled by cannabis-induced munchies, it goes without saying that his burger may very well become the holy grail of munchies snacks for stoners around the world.
Scientists have explained that there could be a couple of reasons why smoking marijuana gives people the munchies.
For one, THC—the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis—activates neurotransmitters in the brain called endocannabinoids. These chemicals are linked to a number of bodily processes including hunger and metabolism.
Similarly, getting high tends to make people more sensitive to taste and smell, which could make food in general appear more appealing than it might otherwise be.
Either way, the munchies are a powerful phenomenon familiar to smokers everywhere. Next time you come down with a case of the munchies, Mr. Sato’s culinary courage just might give you a spark of foodie inspiration.