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Mar 18, 2009 12:01 PM

Wendy's Square freaks me out!

Never had a burger from Wendy's because its square...the whole square thing is weird for me..
Sure looks good but not until they round out those edges...

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  1. Perhaps you could start off with a White Castle slider and work your way up. Sort of like the new therapy for peanut allergy, a little at a time until resistance is developed or in this case overcome. See previous collaboration.

    1. On the rare (no pun intended) occasion I have a Wendy's burger - I like to bite off the corners. Something about getting that greasy beef corner unmasked by bun or condiments just beef and fat - I like it.

      1. It's been decades since I set foot in one, but I seem to recall that Friendly's also had/has square burgers.

        1. I looked it up on wikipedia about your problem under phobias, no result. So, I guess what you have could be called "Squareburgerpattiaphobia" for lack of an official name.

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          1. re: mrbigshotno.1

            The Greeks had a word for it.

            1. re: wolfe

              Shouldn't that be τετραγωνικήεπίγειουκρέατοφοβία? After all, Beach Chick isn't freaked out by square steaks (as far as we know).

              1. re: BobB

                GiGO. I have only myself to blame. I wasn't sure that babelfish could handle hamburger and apparently translates meat to steak.

            2. re: mrbigshotno.1

              And German: Furcht vor quadratischen Hamburgern

              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                does it all translate to...whack job? hee hee

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  nah, just "fear of square hamburgers", which in German can probably be fused into one word: "FurchtvorquadratischenHamburgern"

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    Actually they'd more likely form it as Quadratischehamburgernfurcht. Jetzt gehe ich zum Klo.

                2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  Sie ziehen mein Bein. Es gibt kein n im Hamburger

                  1. re: wolfe

                    An n at the end makes it plural auf Deutsch.

                    1. re: BobB

                      Thank you. I got a "C" in German in 1957. Your answer took almost as much time.

                      1. re: wolfe

                        Every so often I get the urge to browse my Chowhound back pages.

              2. Well, the square hamburger on a round bun always makes me wonder how well Dave did on his IQ tests.

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                1. re: Caroline1

                  It had nothing to do with his IQ, he was frightened by a square burger in his formative years.
                  "According to a 2001 interview, Thomas lived in Ipple, Michigan. He used to love eating at a Kewpee restaurant and said it was one of the reasons he was inspired to go into the business. Kewpee’s sold square hamburgers and thick malt milkshakes, much like the restaurant that Thomas eventually founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1969."
                  Good square buns are hard to come by, see White Castle.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    'he was frightened by a square burger in his formative years'

                    very frigging funny wolfe!

                    1. re: wolfe

                      I always heard that D. Thomas wanted square patties to send the message that Wendy's doesn't cut corners....

                      1. re: otto_pivner

                        You are exactly right, I met the man and heard him say it.

                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                          Ransom Stoddard: You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
                          Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

                      2. re: wolfe

                        Both Wendy's and White Castle are headquarted in Columbus, Ohio - no connection?

                        1. re: Diane in Bexley

                          White Castle was started 80 years ago in Columbus. 40 years ago the founder of Wendy's was in Columbus working for the KFC when he opened his first Wendy's. My theory as a UofM alumnus is that it was easy to fool Buckeyes. That would be the connection
                          Sorry OSU Debbie.

                          1. re: wolfe

                            Who is OSU Debbie?

                            I wasn't going to relate this story but now I will - not a big fast food fan, but I knew Dave Thomas personally and he was a helluva nice guy. While I can't say I eat at Wendy's, through the last 40 years a lot of people did and Dave made a lot of money. He grew up as an orphan and charity was very important to him, he gave away a lot of money and provided tons of opportunity to disadvantaged youth. He remained true to his roots, a modest man.

                            Wolfie, how many national burger chains are based in Michigan let alone Ann Arbor? Although I wouldn't mind an outpost of Zingerman's to open up nationally, don't think that will happen any time soon.

                            If I didn't think the MODS would cancel my Chowhound ID, I would print the OSU version of the UM fight song. Just give it up, the Buckeyes have you beat!