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Wendy's Square Burgers...it freaks me out!

Beach Chick Mar 18, 2009 12:01 PM

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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    cstr May 1, 2009 09:44 AM

    BC is going down the same pie hole! Eat the edges first and enjoy.

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      Big N Fat May 1, 2009 12:47 AM

      Once you have completed your 12 step program dealing with square burgers, it's on to rectangle fish. Especially the breaded rectangle fish which also includes learning about their natural habitat.

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        bigfellow Apr 30, 2009 04:25 PM

        To quote the great Hugh Anthony Cregg, III (otherwise known as Huey Lewis), "It's hip to be square!".

        1. Caroline1 Mar 18, 2009 03:09 PM

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

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            wolfe Mar 18, 2009 03:38 PM

            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
              Beach Chick Mar 18, 2009 04:51 PM

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

              very frigging funny wolfe!

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                otto_pivner Mar 18, 2009 05:52 PM

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

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                  mrbigshotno.1 Mar 18, 2009 06:04 PM

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

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                    wolfe Mar 18, 2009 06:24 PM

                    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
                  Diane in Bexley Apr 30, 2009 10:07 AM

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

                  1. re: Diane in Bexley
                    wolfe Apr 30, 2009 04:16 PM

                    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.

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                      Diane in Bexley May 1, 2009 06:34 AM

                      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!

                      1. re: Diane in Bexley
                        wolfe May 1, 2009 07:03 AM

                        OSUDebbie agrees with you.

              2. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 18, 2009 12:53 PM

                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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                  wolfe Mar 18, 2009 12:58 PM

                  The Greeks had a word for it.

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                    BobB Mar 18, 2009 01:21 PM

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

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                      wolfe Mar 18, 2009 02:50 PM

                      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
                    Sam Fujisaka Mar 18, 2009 01:30 PM

                    And German: Furcht vor quadratischen Hamburgern

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                      Beach Chick Mar 18, 2009 01:59 PM

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

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                        Sam Fujisaka Mar 18, 2009 02:48 PM

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

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                          BobB Mar 18, 2009 03:00 PM

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

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                        wolfe Mar 18, 2009 02:57 PM

                        Sie ziehen mein Bein. Es gibt kein n im Hamburger

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                          BobB Apr 28, 2009 09:01 AM

                          An n at the end makes it plural auf Deutsch.

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                            wolfe Apr 28, 2009 12:58 PM

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

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                              BobB Apr 28, 2009 01:56 PM

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

                    2. BobB Mar 18, 2009 12:33 PM

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

                      1. lynnlato Mar 18, 2009 12:30 PM

                        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. wolfe Mar 18, 2009 12:27 PM

                          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.


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