this is why we have technology

I know many of you are wondering why I have compelled you to set up your own blogs, and why I have spent my time loading up all 80 blogs onto our Netvibes page, but check this out.

A very responsible member of our class took to heart my sincere entreaty (during our discussion of the American dream) that someone research and write about the history of the cheeseburger.

Ladies and gentleman, you can thank Sydney Patten for this:

Well, Matt, I don’t remember what it was that brought this up in class, but at some point we did talk about where these wonderful creations of delicious murder, the cheese burger, came from. So I logged on the com-poo-ter, blasted my metal, and traveled to the land of “Google.” I typed in the obvious question, “Where did cheese burgers come from?”  Apparently there is an entire webpage dedicated to the “History of Hamburgers.” (There is also an entire website dedicated to why bread is evil, so I guess this isn’t TOO odd.)

They believe the original idea of ground meat came from the fierce Mongol Genghis Kahn. His army known as the “Golden Horde” rode for days and couldn’t always stop to get food. Small villages would follow these men around on great wheeled carts called “yurts” leading huge heards of sheep, goats, oxen and horses. They needed a food that could be eaten easily and held with one hand, ground meat seemed to be the perfect thing. They would soften the meat by placing it under there saddles while riding into battle. When it was time to eat, the meat would be eaten raw. Tenderized by the saddle and the horses back.

That’s the site I got this information from. It goes from the very first form close to the burger (as described above) to the form we know it today. It’s pretty interesting… maybe.

-Sydney Patten-

There is so, so much in that quote that I would like to discuss at length, I just don’t know where to start. Suffice it to say that I like cheeseburgers even more after reading this, and they were already my favorite food. In fact, I ate one not 30 minutes ago, and washed it down with a cherry Coke, which, I’ve heard, was also an invention of the Mongol horde. (That’s why they’re so rich–livin’ the dream, you might say.)

Sydney and Mongols, I salute you.


3 responses to “this is why we have technology

  1. Huh.. Okay

  2. Ok, so the Mongols created the shredded beef concept, or rather stumbled upon it as a convenient way of gaining substance whilst conquering the masses, but who created the hamburger as we know it today? Well that, believe it or not, was a fifteen year old Italian American carnival chef with an oxcart, by the name of Charlie Nagreen. (Chef on the grounds that he owned a vending cart.) Created in 1885, the story of the hamburger starts with this young man becoming very frustrated when his original product, the meat ball. Charlie’s meatballs were not cooking fast enough, so in order to speed up the cooking process, he flattened it. He quickly realized he needed to make his creation more portable, and less intrusive than a meatball, or a flat hamburger patty. Thinking quickly he put his creation in between two slices of bread and called it a hamburger. It wasn’t until 1940 a good 55 years after the humble oxcart fair beginnings, that partners, and brothers, Dick and Mac McDonald, created the idea of a convenient all hamburger restaurant, McDonalds. With the further innovative and convenient, “Speedee Service System” in 1948, or as we know it today, fast food, that the hamburger industry really took off. Others soon followed suit after Mcdonalds and opened up restaurants like Wendy’s, gaining quick popularity with their “flavor holding corners” and bigger juicier patties, as demonstrated in the hit commercials: “Where’s the beef?”. Within only a few years the industry grew to include such chains as “Arby’s” and the world’s first fast food chicken restaurant, “KFC”.

    So there ya go Mat That is the history of the Hamburger.


    “Where’s the beef?” from the early 1980’s Wendy’s advertisement.

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