Thursday, May 19, 2011

Persistence (kind of) pays off

I guess that the good news here for most of us is that you don't have to be particularly skilled or talented to be a World Record holder:
A retired prison guard ate his 25,000th Big Mac on Tuesday, 39 years to the day after eating his first ... nine.

Don Gorske was honored after reaching the meaty milestone during a ceremony at a McDonald's in his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Surely McDonald's most loyal customer, Guinness World Records recognized Gorske's feat three years and 2,000 Big Macs ago, and the 57-year-old says he has no desire to stop.

"I plan on eating Big Macs until I die," he said. "I have no intentions of changing. It's still my favorite food. Nothing has changed in 39 years. I look forward to it every day."

The sign beneath the golden arches Tuesday read "Congrats Don Gorske 25000 Big Macs."
I think they left out a few words (specifically "On Not Dying After Eating") from the middle of their sign.

That's actually not fair, since he's described later in the article as "trim" and having low cholesterol, and he's apparently pretty healthy, which is pretty amazing, considering...
He's only gone eight days since [May, 1972!] without a Big Mac, and most days he eats two. Among the reasons he skipped a day was to grant his mother a dying wish. His last Big Mac-less day was Thanksgiving 2000, when he forgot to stock up and the store was closed for the holiday.
The man hasn't gone a day without a Big Mac in nine and a half years. Hell, I haven't even eaten breakfast every day in that time span.

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