Stephen Colbert Defends the McRib, a “Great American Mystery”

12/04/2013 at 04:31 PM ET

Stephen Colbert McRib Video

Stephen Colbert‘s love for the McRib is stronger than ever, despite a viral photo of the McDonald’s sandwich that grossed out pretty much everyone else in America.

“There’s nothing wrong with the McRib, just because it appears to be made out of sickly E.T.,” he said in a segment on Tuesday night’s Colbert Report.

Earlier in November, a camera-phone photo of the frozen sandwich (allegedly taken by a McDonald’s worker) was posted on Reddit and quickly went viral, prompting collective “eww”s around the country; the uncooked patty is the same color—and about as appealing—as a used charcoal briquette. Colbert, however, sees something in the “flash-freezed” sandwich that others do not: a pork patty shrouded in mystery.

“If anything this photo makes me want this thing even more,” he continued, “because it only adds to the great American mystery that is the McRib. For decades the elusive McRib has appeared and disappeared on McMenus with little warning—like a meat Brigadoon.”

Of the 70 ingredients that form the BBQ sandwich, Colbert finds azodicarbonamide—a flour-bleaching agent also used in yoga mats—the most valuable.

“So eating a McRib technically counts as exercise,” he said. Watch the clip below; after a spiel on trans fats, Colbert gets to the seasonal McDonald’s sammie at about 3:30.

Stephen: Since we’re positive this entire segment was sincere, how about joining us for a McRib sometime?

—Amy Jamieson


FILED UNDER: Food , Stephen Colbert

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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