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The Price Of A Big Mac Is Now $17.19 In Zurich

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

The price of a Big Mac is now $17.19 in Zurich

Just a quick thought on a ridiculously volatile day:

One of the things that people pick up on very quickly as they travel are how different price levels are around the world. I've been to roughly 100 countries, and I still find it amazing how much variance there is among things like food, property, and entertainment prices.

There are certain places-- Cambodia, Ecuador, Tanzania-- that are so jaw-droppingly cheap that it almost seems unreal. And you wonder how these people could possibly ever survive if they came to your country.

Well, the United States has just joined this proud cadre banana republics... at least if you're from Switzerland.

You see, the Swiss franc is one of the few currencies that have given investors some sense of comfort recently; Switzerland inspires confidence and stability, and the worse things get in the United States and Europe, the more investors pull their money out of the dollar and euro, and park it in the Swiss franc.

It's all about supply and demand. Increased demand for the Swiss franc coupled with expanded supply of dollars and euros has caused the franc to surge over the last weeks and months. It wasn't too long ago that it would take 1.20 francs to buy a US dollar. Now it takes $1.40 to buy a single franc.

I can think of a lot of words to describe the performance of the US dollar. Farce. Joke. Lunacy. Embarrassment. Disgusting. But it's more clearly summed up like this: the price of a Big Mac is in Zurich is now so high (at $17.19) that a minimum wage employee in Minneapolis, Minnesota, would have to work for nearly 4-hours in order to afford it.

This is what stability looks like to Ben Bernanke.


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Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:26 | 1544311 uno
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glad my offical currency is silver, just like the rest of the world I rejected FRN

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:33 | 1544341 Long-John-Silver
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Seven 90% Silver dimes will buy that Big Mac with a few copper pennies back.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:37 | 1544358 WestVillageIdiot
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" It wasn't too long ago that it would take 1.20 francs to buy a US dollar. Now it takes $1.40 to buy a single franc."

An ounce of silver will buy you 25 francs or so.  How many could it buy in 2008?  Something tells me you are on the money Long John. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:44 | 1544391 Long-John-Silver
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Today's 90% Silver dime melt value in US Dollars is $2.71.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:57 | 1544450 uno
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a very interesting point I had read:

one 90% us quarter value right now is $6.90, 8 quarters fill up the gas tank today ($55.20) just like it would back in the 60's (8 quarters)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:04 | 1544477 WestVillageIdiot
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Just think how many Big Macs an ounce of gold can buy, bitchez.  You can fill your tank, eat your McDonald's, have a night with a hooker, get your car detailed, have a day at an amusement park, spend another night with a hooker, buy a good bottle of Scotch and still have enough money for some Taco Bell. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:11 | 1544502 uno
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LOL and that is in the Western world, imagine what it would get you in China, Thailand, Vietnam etc...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:17 | 1544528 WestVillageIdiot
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It would probably get you arrested. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:29 | 1544566 Transformer
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Man, one of  my fav meals used to be a Big Mac, a Quarter Pounder, Fries, and a Coke.  I'm older now and really try to take care of my health, it would probably make me sick. 


Own your vices, or they own you.


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:27 | 1545015 Harlequin001
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We'll soon be buying 'Small Mac's'...

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 04:54 | 1545420 Incubus
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Isn't that what White Castle serves? 


Anyway, I don't consume junk food.  Shit's bad for you, for realz.  You get off of that crap and after a long enough time, it'll make you sick if you ever [on a rare occasion] try to eat that stuff.

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 08:29 | 1545671 -Michelle-
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Three months.  Three months and I can't even step inside a McDonald's anymore.  The smell alone is nauseating.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:36 | 1545034 Libertarians fo...
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This article is ridiculous.


Wed, 08/10/2011 - 03:06 | 1545364 Tuffmug
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Thanks for the link, Now I know that the author is stupid enough to pay $17 for a Big Mac instead of the $8 he should have paid. Wonder if I can sell him this big bridge in Brooklyn that I own??

Sat, 08/13/2011 - 01:11 | 1545244 Tejano
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@WestVillageI - Why would you want to do any of those things? Sounds like a day in hell.

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 06:39 | 1545475 Dismal Scientist
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This is misleading. The price of a Big Mac in CHF is 6.50, so at current exchange rates, thats USD 8.95. See below:

Fine, the point is well taken that the USD is rubbish, but getting facts straight would improve credibility.


Wed, 08/10/2011 - 09:33 | 1545896 WakeUpPeeeeeople
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The sad thing about Switzerland is that even with a favorable exchange rate, their crap is still expensive-even to the rest of the Europeans. Many Swiss go across the border to do their daily shopping. But I still think it would be a great place to live some day.

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 11:50 | 1546711 Archduke
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CHF 12.70 is the happy meal. 

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 13:03 | 1547128 Teapot_Dome
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If you go read the actual post on Sovereign Man he says Big Mac Meal, not just the sandwhich itself.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:27 | 1544313 Long-John-Silver
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I can see McDonald's employees working for food instead of US Dollars.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:31 | 1544329 Shameful
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Well can we really say that McDonalds is food? can eat it?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:35 | 1544348 theMAXILOPEZpsycho
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Was going to say the same thing...

wht would you do if you were working there? accept the toilet paper dollars? the dod shit food? or would you just be better growing a few carrots and living off berries, nuts and road kill??

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:48 | 1544770 T1000
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This is the trickle down economics turning into full blown golden shower economics.

Make mine a royal with cheese, bitches!

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:35 | 1544349 WestVillageIdiot
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I love ZH and I know we are all cynical here but damn if I still don't love eating a Big Mac on occasion.  I even like the McRib.  i know, I know but we all have our vices.  At least I'm only hurting myself.  Oh yeah, and the shamrock shakes always make me think of the good times in my childhood.  I'm guilty.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:43 | 1544387 Dave Thomas
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If you eat two or so every month I don't think you're hurting yourself.


The cosmic rays bouncing off your mitochondiral dna probably are more of a risk than a few big macs every year. Hell just driving to work is probably a lot riskier.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:10 | 1544834 Drachma
Wed, 08/10/2011 - 03:17 | 1545375 Bay of Pigs
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I'll need to Super Size the fries...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:54 | 1544412 cbxer55
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I don't eat there every day, or even once a week. But doggoneit, i still love a quarter pounder with cheese, or a Bigmac, and the fries are absolutely the best there are, bar none. And why does the Coca-Cola from Mickie D's always taste better than what comes out of the bottle? They get some proprietary mix or something?

I usually eat home-cooked, but now and then Mickie D's hits the spot. Just gald I don't have to work there!

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:08 | 1544488 caerus
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agreed...spliff followed by dble qpwc and nugs...mmmmm...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 23:45 | 1545161 Ahmeexnal
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Hey cbxer55,

Yes they have a propietary formula for Coca-Cola on Mickey-D's.

If you want to have your bottled Coke taste just like it does on Mickey D's, ask someone to pee in your bottle. 

And don't forget to have someone spit on your home made burgers so they are as tasty as the original Mickey D's.

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 00:48 | 1545232 cbxer55
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You know the syrup and the carbonated water come in pressurized containers that are hooked to the dispenser? I'd sure like to see how someone can SPIKE a pressurized container!

I'm sure the spit thing happens now and then. But I do not for a second believe it is a regular occurence. I would hope mamagement would be quick to fire anyone even suspected of doing such nonsense.

Otherwise, the thought of someone spitting on my burger does not scare me in the least. If I knew it was there, maybe. But since no one would ever no its there, who gives a fuck? Not me. Also I suspect that if something had a "little wang in it" (compliments of the Hollywood Knights), it would be noticable. So I'll not be dissuaded by that line either.

You don't want to eat McDonalds, fine by me. I like them every so often. As I said, its not a regular habit, just now and then, maybe once a month. It aint gonna kill me. I exercise every day, am 6'2" and 175 pounds, have perfect blood pressure and pulse at 50 years old. How fit are you?????

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:14 | 1544515 Rodent Freikorps
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That's how I feel. As long as they make Filet O Fish's, I'll be by every week, or so.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:17 | 1544525 WestVillageIdiot
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It used to be S.O.P. to eat 3 of those on every Friday in Lent when they were running their specials.  Don't skimp on the tartar sauce, fuckers. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:44 | 1544618 Rodent Freikorps
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My wife is Catholic. We change up between catfish, talapia, and fish filets.

She's old school.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:04 | 1544969 janus
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let the fools have their tar-tar sauce.

CM Burns

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 04:57 | 1545421 caerus
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lol...tar-tar sauce...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:36 | 1544591 nmewn
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Same, same. Around every month or so. What pisses me off is self important nannys saying what I can or cannot eat.

Or that I shouldn't eat X because of their health insurance premium...bogus fucktards, they could care less who lives or dies as long as they don't have to pay more. They should confine themselves to eating grass & tofu and not have health insurance payments at

I've come to the conclusion there is an element in society with no life of their own and their only real desire is to insert themselves into mine.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:43 | 1544612 Rodent Freikorps
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That's how I judge the quality of life in America.

Everyone seems to have so few problems and so much free time, they just need to worry about how everyone else leads their life.


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:01 | 1544665 cbxer55
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Back in 76, my parents moved from N.J. to CA. One of the reasons they told me was they were sick of the "Nibby-noses" that lived in this state. When we first got to CA., it appeared they were correct, no one gave a dams about us or what we did.

Now, like political correctness, its everywhere, there is no escape.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:47 | 1544932 Rodent Freikorps
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They erred in moving to a coast. Commie libs congregate near beaches for some reason.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:53 | 1545065 cbxer55
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YUP. Stayed in CA for 26 years. I married an Oklahoma girl in 94 and we moved to Midwest City, OK in 2002. First thing I did was get a Concealed Weapon Permit. ;-)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 23:12 | 1545103 Rodent Freikorps
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Good plan. I escaped Kalifornia for Texas in late 2000.

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 07:30 | 1545541 janus
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are they difficult to obtain outside the south?  or was it just the county you lived in? i'm a liberal and all, but this is a wild-wild world; and there are just certain circumstances where piece is long as there are such things as pieces about.  and, most of all, there are few more satisfying sensations than squeezing a few off.  i like to tick off glass bottles in the back acres -- the exploding shards make for a nice punctuation to the pop.

38 S&W snub...wadcutters, bitchez!

i shot a man in reno/

just to watch him die/

and when i hear that lonesome whistle/

i hang my head and cry,


Wed, 08/10/2011 - 08:33 | 1545683 -Michelle-
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McDonald's was better for you before the nannies started interfering.  They pushed to get rid of the beef-tallow french fries and replaced them with rancid vegetable oil. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:59 | 1544659 JoeSexPack
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Southern fried chicken sandwich is a late-night winner, & Angus mushroom-swiss burger.


Fries are as good as fast food gets.


Shakes too.


Haven't been in a few months, but the night is young.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:18 | 1544852 janus
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when will in and out burger ever come down south?

another reason to leave.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:39 | 1544370 Silver Pullet
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An iPad might be more nutritious...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:42 | 1544379 WestVillageIdiot
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And hurt less when it comes out of your anus. Oh, wait, I was thinking about White Castle.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:10 | 1544498 NumberNone
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Big Macs could explain Barney Frank's actions on Rachel Maddow...  

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:41 | 1544606 nmewn
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He had to shift around to keep his ben wa balls from popping out.

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 07:39 | 1545563 janus
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white castle?  sounds like some sort of creepy masonic ritual...we do Krystal (see, there are jews in the south -- they own all our burger know, the hybrid places, the ones that are half burger joint and half drive-thru pawn shop -- okay, okay; perhaps a bit much, but it is a funny image).

BTW, thank you israeli protesters...janus is proud of you.  Bibi, you seein what's goin on outside yer window.


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:58 | 1544457 max2205
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MCD new all time highs!!!! Maybe

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:08 | 1544826 Prometheus418
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Nah, they'll probably just pay them in McDonald's cheeseburgers.  Going to get actual food to pay their employees seems a bit far-fetched.

Joking aside, though, my fiancee works at the local grocery store, and we've already had that talk at home.  When things start to get really ugly, she's going to request pay in food rather than FRNs.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:28 | 1544315 Fix It Again Timmy
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Eat slow....

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:29 | 1544319 HelluvaEngineer
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Special sauce, bitchez

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 07:42 | 1545570 janus
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wramblin wreck?  tell the gals at st. agnus i said to pretty-up and stop being so serious all the time.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:56 | 1544321 Hard1
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Well...I guess you can always cross the border to Italy, and order to go with a large order of bonds  on the side and 50 oz cup filled with Unicredit or Intesa stock refills! 

Now seriously, the swiss franc is expensive, but where does this Simon guy guet his data from.  Last Economist's Big Mac Index, had CHF$6.5 the local price of the Big Mac (although people in Switzerland would not thouch that crappy almost edible artificial semi-food item very often).  At the current exchange rate, that is USD$9, which already makes the CHF 150% pricier than the USD. Simon is just over 80% off with his $17 price and still has the balls to add 19 cents to the insult.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:59 | 1544463 Confused
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There is a McD's across from Hauptbanhoff in Zurich. I can assure you a big mac is not $9.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:01 | 1544468 Hard1
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OK, thanks for how much is it?

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 02:22 | 1545316 ZeroPower
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Was in Geneva in April... it is indeed a big stretch to say a big mac is $17.19. A big mac combo (or meal i believe as they call it) is indeed CHF14 which would make it about $19.50

A single big mac definitely did not cost CHF12 to come close to the current $17.19 number from the author.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:16 | 1544699 ElvisDog
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although people in Switzerland would not thouch that crappy almost edible artificial semi-food item very often


I was in Lausanne last year and the McD's there was packed. It was October, not many tourists around.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:58 | 1544802 Hard1
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I heard that even Elvis' dog loves it in AAmerica

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 23:51 | 1545170 Ahmeexnal
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ElvisDog: not many tourists, but plenty of british, portuguese, spaniard, greek and irish au pairs.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:23 | 1544869 disabledvet
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What a bargain then! Give that franchis-ee a raise to while you're at it. How much for a stay at the Ronald McDonald house I wonder?

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 03:27 | 1544983 Zé Cacetudo
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My sources in Zurich tell me that Simon Black's info is mistaken.

The medium big mac meal (with fries and a soda) is 12 Francs. That makes $17.19 sound about right (at CHF 1 = 1.4325 USD). That exchange rate is reasonable to use as a comparison for retail ForEx in small amounts.

However, the big mac by itself is only 6.50 Francs. That's still about $9.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:31 | 1544331 Debtless
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That's why i only work two hours and go for the dollar menu.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:51 | 1544426 cossack55
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Arby's and KFC are now out of reach.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:47 | 1544624 Rodent Freikorps
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They give you enough au jus with the French Dip to cover that mega Cheddar and Beef.

If it wasn't for those crappy curly fries, I'd live there.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:08 | 1544978 janus
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i think i just threw up a little.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:31 | 1545025 Rodent Freikorps
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How do you feel about escargot?

Did you know some of those rich creepy bastards eat fish eggs?

Weird damn people.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:08 | 1544979 janus
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i think i just threw up a little.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:16 | 1544523 SilverIsKing
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The only things listed on the dollar menu are one french fry, a half eaten apple pie, or the top half of a sesame seed bun. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 23:53 | 1545175 Ahmeexnal
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They are called freedom fries now.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:33 | 1544332 Pretorian
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" We work for FOOD" any 1 remember old American. Back to the Future bitches no more cheating the system, no more 1 person 1 vote we go to 1 $ 1 vote.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:32 | 1544334 WestVillageIdiot
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European trip in 2002 - One Euro equals 84 cents

Planned trip to Europe in 2011 - One Euro equals 143 cents

Fuck you, Bernanke, and your idea that destroying the dollar will make us rich.  Even a little cunt like you can't believe it. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:40 | 1544375 Long-John-Silver
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When I was in the US Navy stationed in the Philippines in the early 80's I could exchange $10 USD for Philippine Pesos and go spend like the drunken sailor I was. I would waken the next day and discover I had remaining change from that $10. There was no limit to my spending on women and booze.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:43 | 1544388 WestVillageIdiot
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"I got shit-faced drunk and a blowjob for seven dollars.  He wasn't very good looking but 'hey' it was only seven bucks."  =)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:53 | 1544643 Rodent Freikorps
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I could never figure that out. 25 cents for a San Miguel, and 8$ bar fine for the hooker, and when I checked my funds next day, I found out I'd spend 30$.

Never could remember how I spent it.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:15 | 1544998 janus
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was it near Clark?  if so, i happen to know you're a dirty old one made it out with any semblance of innocence intact. 

I was told a story:

a young lieutenant arrives on base and is greeted by his CO...

CO: you from a good Christian family?

1Lt.:yes, col.

CO: believe in morals and church and all the rest?

1Lt.: yes, col.

CO: you can leave that shit back in the states -- this is that clear?

1Lt.: yes, col.

I was told other stories, too; but i'll never retell em'...still trying to purge them from the ole mellon.  i wonder what ever happened to that young 1lt.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:27 | 1544722 myne
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Peter Schiff's book "How an economy grows and why it crashes" is an excellent allegory of the retardation that has occurred up till now.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:32 | 1544335 I am a Man I am...
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i would probably just keep buying my big macs in in minnesota

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:33 | 1544339 TwelfthVulture
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Like Ben Bernanke has ever cared about a minimum wage employee in Minneapolis, Minnesota! LFMAO!!!

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:36 | 1544355 Stoploss
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Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:38 | 1544367 WestVillageIdiot
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For all Bernanke cares they can just go jump in a lake.  They have 11,000 of them.  Mille Lacs anybody? 

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 07:55 | 1545598 janus
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three weeks in the Boundry Waters -- tough stuff: lots of portaging, mosquitos as big tar-babys, leeches as long as lamprays, the best tasting walleye any pike ever sampled, bears always stealin your supples, moose abound.  i think the main lakes were called ruby and moose. one of the best times of my life.

stopped over in hibbing for a visit to The Shrine.

on the return trip, got laid in a bar in st. paul by one of those girls of finnish ancestry with an impossible to pronounce last name -- what up, anna? (i think it was anna)

have been advised to tour the lacs -- do you pile on to the advisement?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:36 | 1544356 Badabing
Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:33 | 1544357 navy62802
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Job in-sourcing ... the American way.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:38 | 1544362 Arthur Two Shed...
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Don't they make those out of soy-lent something or other?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:55 | 1544441 TwelfthVulture
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Not yet.  Obamacare doesn't fully kick-in until 2014 or so.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:26 | 1544552 Rodent Freikorps
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Re: Soy

That's the regular little hamburgers. I can remember when they had 5 for a $ specials.

Re: Soylent

Parts is parts.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:53 | 1544638 Cathartes Aura
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Mechanically separated meat (MSM), a product also known as mechanically recovered/reclaimed meat (MRM) or mechanically deboned meat (MDM), is a paste-like meat product produced by forcing beef, pork, turkey or chicken bones, with attached edible meat, under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue.

aka "pet food" - except pet food now uses animal "by-products" - diseased organs, tumours, feathers, etc. etc.

y'all enjoy those "burgers" now, with their "special sauce". . .

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:56 | 1544653 Rodent Freikorps
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I've eaten monkey on a stick from a street vendor in Subic Bay.

You prissy folks cannot creep me out.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:43 | 1544758 New_Meat
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The Shit River was something to walk over from the camp to town.  don't cha know. - Ned

{and well, we had to work kinda' really hard to get the kidz from jumping into the river on bets that the 2nd tour guys made.}

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:33 | 1544894 Rodent Freikorps
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I tossed a few pesos off the bridge. Those kids must have had the immune systems of cockroaches.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:25 | 1544874 disabledvet
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Ben Bernanke.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:08 | 1544980 FeralSerf
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Did you dip the balut in ketchup or eat it neat?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:40 | 1545038 Rodent Freikorps
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Had to draw the line at baluts. Ewwwww.

I learned to like kimchee and cuttlefish while stationed in Hawaii though.

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 08:04 | 1545621 janus
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you should've drawn the line at arby's and au jus that's neither au nor jus.

kimchee, huh?

osan, kunsan?

do you soju?


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 23:40 | 1545149 Hulk
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I sucked the juice out of fish eyes. Same here...

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 04:07 | 1545398 KowPie
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The absolute worst thing ever was a bananna slug. The slime lasts for hours and they're extremely chewy. Kind of like a tire dipped in gear oil and rolled in carmelized shit. Tasty. Once was enough.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:00 | 1544661 nmewn
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(Wiping ketchup from the corner of my mouth), hows your seaweed dear?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:34 | 1544741 Cathartes Aura
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lol, nice assumption - 'cause it's Mikki D's or vegan, right?

when I eat a hamburger, I prefer, y'know, beef.  And preferably from a cow not fed GMO corn to explode the kill weight in it's last weeks, while standing knee deep in cowshit, face-to-ass with fellow beef-patties to be. . .

and I'd never buy fast food prepared by teen boys with cellphone cameras they text pics to their friends on. . . you've seen the pics?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:02 | 1544815 nmewn
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"cause it's Mikki D's or vegan, right?"

Well, ya gotta admit, thats usually the case. I stand corrected on you Cat.

We do a lot of hunting, fishing & farming around here. There's a guy I work with thats into hunting & cooking...big time. Its getting close to that time of year where he cleans out his freezer for the coming season...always puts on a couple big spreads before Thanksgiving.

Gator tail, venison, hog, turkey, scallops, grouper...whatever he's got left.  The ladies bring in their own canned goods they've put up from this growing season or last and some potato salad.

All Southern style ;-)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:45 | 1544922 Cathartes Aura
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oh snap!  I have a friend who's simliar - though perhaps not as exotic in the meats - he's fond of his smoker, loves to hit the coast early & comes back with clams, mussels, etc. to smoke - fishing from the pier for tuna is popular too, "cans" up nicely - venison & emu & lamb in the freezer, salmon being sold "roadside" lately too. . . I admit I don't eat as much meat as many amrkns, and would probably be vegetarian if all the meat I could source was "store" bought.

had gator too - not bad, tastes like chikken! (the hush puppies tho' nom nom!)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:20 | 1545002 nmewn
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"had gator too - not bad, tastes like chikken!"

It does, doesn't it ;-)

My "beef" is exactly what I said up top. I have always had a problem with authority telling me what to do...when to do it...where to do it at etc.

An over zealous "authority" is the last thing a free people need in our lives. I could see the vegan thing to a point...but its a personal lifestyle choice, not one to be mandated by the state.

First they came after salt and I did nothing. Then they came after Capn Crunch and still I did nothing. Then they came for Tony the Tiger and there was no one left to help me defend him.

I have no use for food nazis.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 23:43 | 1545156 Hulk
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I sucked the juice out of fish eyes...

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 00:17 | 1545207 Cathartes Aura
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I understand the "personal lifestyle choice" - I've known a few food-fanatics (fruitarians anyone?) and agree, it's up to the individual, and how their body reacts to the food they choose to eat (some bodies do well with certain diets)

I guess my "beef" (cough) is with the amrkn state pushing its FDA & "food pyramids" & whatever the latest "food fad" corporate product is they need to sell - shit like "margarine" or "high fructose corn syrup" or ANY of the hundreds of test tube additives that make up the fine print of supermarket fudstuffs.

people used to trust all this "fluoride is good for you!" bullshit, and the result is massive health problems - a total score for the insurance/health"care" industry & big pharma pushers - cause you can't have one pill when seven will do better!

having lived most of my adult life outside this country, it's shocking how many people still trust what they're told by the white-coat brigade - even with Monsanto owning the FDA. . . *shakes head*

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 06:47 | 1545485 nmewn
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"I guess my "beef" (cough) is with the amrkn state pushing its FDA & "food pyramids" & whatever the latest "food fad" corporate product is they need to sell"

Which is part & parcel to my point.

The state (and those who ocupy it) always think they know best. I've lived long enough to know they are full of shit,

Eggs was going to kill us all...then not. Coffee was going to kill us all...then not. Alcohol was going to kill us all...then not. I even remember they were getting ready to ban aspirin for some stupid ass reason...then discovered its blood thinning properties might be useful afterall.

There is much in what you say, especially regarding the large food corps. You know my opinion of Monsanto and their desire to corner the corn seed market years ago by bio-engineering seed so the farmer would have to return to them year after year for orn seed. That is the definition of greed driven insanity. The public outcry, not government, stopped them. People were going to refuse to do business with them.

But these cocksuckers need to leave my Tony the Tiger alone ;-)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:38 | 1544363 hadriansnightmare
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big mac in zurich, about  9.00 us.....

must be the biggie meal.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:40 | 1544374 WestVillageIdiot
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Tyler always gets his Big Mac in Zurich with a lap dance on the side. That is 14 francs.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:44 | 1544389 UGrev
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Does the Hamburglar give him a happy ending with that?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:48 | 1544408 WestVillageIdiot
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How can you have the special sauce without a happy ending? 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 20:45 | 1544762 New_Meat
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well, we haven't established any number of conditions that would lead to such a "happy ending." - Ned

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:41 | 1544377 WizDumb
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8.66 not 17.91
1.3959 x  6.19 =8.665381

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:41 | 1544380 kito
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in chile the big mac is only 10 cents!!! its paradise!! utopia!!! and the happy meal comes with chilean inflation protection bonds!!!! move to chile!!!!

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:52 | 1544401 KowPie
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HOLY SH*T! Scrub the other idea. Those same McFutures purchased in Chile would only cost me  $10k in benny bucks with a potential return of $1.7MM! I think I'm on to how we can pay off the national debt.....

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:42 | 1544382 KowPie
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Soooo..... If I invest in 100,000 big macs in minnesota and have them shipped to zurich I could roughly quadruple my investment? Hmmm... McFutures it is!

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:45 | 1544396 magpie
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won't spoil any in transit either. excellent proposition.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:50 | 1544418 KowPie
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LMAO! How true. I found a McFry under my drivers seat in my car and it looked like it just came from the frier. At the time of the discovery I hadn't eaten at MickeyDees in (roughly) 6 months. It's a once in a blue moon place for me to eat as the closest one is over 80 miles away.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:53 | 1544434 kito
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i heard that if you eat enough of mcdonalds, you can actually embalm yourself

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:03 | 1544472 TwelfthVulture
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Somewhere on the web, there is a video of the decomposition of a McD burger.  Quite enlightening.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:10 | 1544497 KowPie
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That would be this one:


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:16 | 1544520 TwelfthVulture
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Not the one I saw. Much earlier, 2001-2 I'm guessing. Also, wasn't in jars and did it with many different foods.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:41 | 1544607 NumNutt
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Damn I thought MRE's lasted a long time, those damn McD's French frys last forever, and with out any packaging. what are they made of? Plastic? Adamantium?

Wed, 08/10/2011 - 03:05 | 1545362 KowPie
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McFrizium. Mchalflife of 10 years.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:04 | 1544476 KowPie
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I prefer pickling myself in homemade brew.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:46 | 1544402 janus
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how much for a bun and a pickle?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:50 | 1544416 WestVillageIdiot
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In Chelsea they will put a pickle in your buns, free of charge. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:01 | 1544467 janus
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is that the dylan/sid viscious type chelsea-hotel chelsea?  i'm not cosmopolitan enough to really get that part of the joke...the pickle part was clear -- it cuts across the geographic divide.


also, i would like to ask a favor of you.  If you don't mind, tell me a little about a neighborhood called lenox hill.  I recently discovered that a very dear old friend lives there.  By that i mean, what's the charecter of the place, and, above all, is it safe?  I haven't spoken to her in almost 17 years, and she was the brave/adventerous sort back then.  I get worried with all these riots in big cities...she's single.

much appreciated.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:04 | 1544475 TwelfthVulture
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Send me her address. I'll check in on her for you.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:12 | 1544493 WestVillageIdiot
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It's the Upper East Side.  There are lot of medical facilities and old people.  Hunter College is up there.  It is not known as the most happening place but it is definitely safe, as far as I know.  The 4, 5, 6 train at Lexington Avenue services that area.  You would be just east of Central Park, just a short walk away.  You could do a lot worse. 

The Chelsea Hotel is on 23rd Street.  It has been completely redone.  I was really drunk the time I was in the bar but it seemed nice.  I did not see Zimmerman at the bar. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:29 | 1544568 janus
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dylan or no, i'm very jealous...and that ain't my usual pose.


in fact, i was overwhlemed with this sick feeling; sort of like, 'why does this ...idiot deserve that life more than you?'  so you can see how you're an ass.

thank you for the info -- that's EXACTLY what i wanted to hear.  it does make me feel better knowing she's far away from vultures like, well, you know who...and for that matter wolves like janus.

stayin up all night/

in the chelsea hotel/

writing sad eyed lady of the low lands for you/

*******, ******* beautiful lady sweet love...,


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:34 | 1544581 WestVillageIdiot
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He actually did not write Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands in the Chelsea Hotel.  It was most likely written in the studio in Nashville.  But it makes for a nice lyric. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:40 | 1544601 caerus
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I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
you were talking so brave and so sweet,
giving me head on the unmade bed,
while the limousines wait in the street.
Those were the reasons and that was New York,
we were running for the money and the flesh.
And that was called love for the workers in song
probably still is for those of them left.

Ah but you got away, didn't you babe,
you just turned your back on the crowd,
you got away, I never once heard you say,
I need you, I don't need you,
I need you, I don't need you
and all of that jiving around.

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
you were famous, your heart was a legend.
You told me again you preferred handsome men
but for me you would make an exception.
And clenching your fist for the ones like us
who are oppressed by the figures of beauty,
you fixed yourself, you said, "Well never mind,
we are ugly but we have the music."

And then you got away, didn't you babe...

I don't mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can't keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that's all, I don't even think of you that often.

leonard cohen - chelsea hotel #2

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:54 | 1544647 caerus
Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:26 | 1544875 janus
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green sleeves, you're all alone

that would make a pretty good username, i think.

...idiot, yeah, what album was that...hell, i forget about google all the time, nevermind.  it's almost like it doesn't matter to know anymore -- but to janus it always matters to know.  i also know those nashville years were productive and under-rated.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 21:47 | 1544892 caerus
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sorry...i like the song man...give me a leonard cohen afterworld...


edit: what album was that?


edit: gratz superfan!

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:24 | 1545009 janus
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no, don't get me wrong, i do as well.  i was quoting another l cohen song to make another point.

"I think you're gonna be alright here; they have a thin candy shell...thought you'd know that" (tommy boy)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:31 | 1545026 caerus
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shit...sorry dude...

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:42 | 1545044 caerus
Wed, 08/10/2011 - 09:51 | 1545981 janus
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i reckon you and i are lots alike.  Longhorns?/Aggies?...SEC envy?

which leads me to believe you're a no-good, no-account wastral with a chip on his shoulder and a twinkle in the ole evil-eye.  you're worthless, my man -- and it's your job to make the world pay for it!


awesome, but so damned sad.  you could see the speedball working its majik -- grinding jaw coupled with a drifting eye...tragic to see genius frittered like that.

drugs have a place, it's called college,


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:59 | 1544433 Hard1
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Please add items that ZH readers actually consume so that we get the picture.

-How much is a lap dance

-How much is a lap dance and a drink in a classy bar

-How much is a lap dance a beer and a joint in a rowdy joint

Oh, and here are your MacDonald's consumers....yuuuuck!

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:22 | 1544539 Ratscam
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now that,s some real shity place or wine or wizard for chf 63 per person per evening, else please provide me with some of the names.
BTW street parade this weekend. long live zurich until we feel the usd/eur squeeze.

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 14:01 | 1562260 godzila
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The bigmac itself is CHF 6.50, about $8.15


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:47 | 1544407 Lord Peter Pipsqueak
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I hope the Economist update their Big Mac index to reflect this!

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 18:50 | 1544413 caerus
caerus's picture and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's...I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds. 

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:39 | 1544598 Rodent Freikorps
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You deserve a break today.


Tue, 08/09/2011 - 22:08 | 1544982 caerus
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ok fuck the meta meta it's just a dumb line from coming to america...right?

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