Fast Food Restaurant Sparks Controversy for Serving Burgers with Fake Line of Cocaine on Them

Pablo’s Escoburgers, a Melbourne  fast-food restaurant named after infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, has been slammed for its controversial name and the fact that it serves one of its burgers with a line of white powder on top and a rolled fake dollar bill.

The backlash against Pablo’s Escoburgers started on Wednesday, when the pop-up eatery uploaded a photo of its “The Patron Burger” on Facebook, with a caption that read “infamous patron burger that people are lining up for”. It featured an otherwise delicious burger with a line of fine white powder on top and a fake rolled up $100 bill stuck into the top bun. That white powder turned out to be garlic powder, but a lot of people found the reference to snorting cocaine very offensive. The fact that other photos showed a small plastic bag with more garlic powder and a spoon, which allegedly come with The Patron Burger, only made things worse.

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Pablo’s Escoburgers promotional photo.

“You are so naive. I hope you one day actually talk to a Colombian and realise how offensive your restaurant is,” one Facebook user commented on the Pablo’s Escoburgers page.

“How can we explain to you people that IT ISN’T FUNNY? Try to do that with Hitler and see what happens. Use your brain folks,” another person added.

There was so much negative feedback that Escoburgers co-owner Vaughn Marks put out a written statement to clarify things.

“We are very proud of our burgers but we do also understand that Pablo Escobar was a horrible man who destroyed the lives of thousands of Colombians,” the statement read. “We do not condone, idolize or promote Pablo Emilio Escobar or his actions in any way. We are however Australian and know how to have a laugh about a good play on words. Its just a name of a pop-up burger bar not really a theme. Hard not to offend someone in 2019.

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Marks also made it very clear that he has no plans of changing the restaurant’s name.

It’s worth mentioning that despite the controversy around the restaurant’s name and the way some of the burgers are served, not everyone was offended. In fact, a lot of people expressed their approval:

“Looks amazing! Love all the princesses complaining haha,” one Pablo’s Escoburgers fan wrote on Facebook.

“Brilliant marketing! Nothing better than eating burgers and coke,” another person commented.

Rodrigo Duterte and Kim Jong-un impersonators cause a stir

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It might look like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been out and about on the streets of Hong Kong, posing for pictures and toasting one another over a fried chicken dinner.

But, on closer inspection, it turns out the pair are in fact a couple of impersonators.

Meet the men who go by the names of Cresencio Extreme (a Mr Duterte lookalike), and Howard X (a Mr Kim double).

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The pair, brandishing fake rifles, were greeted by staff and members of the public as they arrived at the fried chicken restaurant

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The two appeared to hit it off as they tucked in to a portion of fried chicken during their dinner date on Sunday

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Mr Duterte (L) and ‘Mr Duterte’

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Mr Kim (L) and ‘Mr Kim’

 

Stunningly beautiful little known Geyser in Nevada

Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser or the Green Geyser is a man-made small geothermal geyser located in Washoe County, Nevada approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Gerlach. Fly Geyser is located near the edge of Fly Reservoir and is only about 5 feet (1.5 m) high, by 12 feet (3.7 m) wide, counting the mound on which it sits.

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Fly Geyser is located on the private Fly Ranch in Hualapai Flat, about 0.3 miles (0.48 km) from State Route 34. The ranch is currently owned by Todd Jaksick. There is a high fence and a locked gate topped with spikes to exclude trespassers. The only access is a dirt road, but it is large enough to be seen from the road.

 

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Looks like something from a science fiction movie set

Fly Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon; it was accidentally created by well drilling in 1964 exploring for sources of geothermal energy. The well may not have been capped correctly, or left unplugged, but either way dissolved minerals started rising and accumulating, creating the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continues growing. Water is constantly released, reaching 5 feet (1.5 m) in the air. The geyser contains several terraces discharging water into 30 to 40 pools over an area of 74 acres (30 ha). The geyser is made up of a series of different minerals, but its brilliant colors are due to thermophilic algae.

The geyser in 1975

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Chewbacca’s Family Reunion

Chewbacca, a 200-year-old Wookiee. Wookiees are a species of intelligent bipeds from the planet Kashyyyk in the Star Warsuniverse.  Standing at 8 feet tall, Chewbacca is covered with long hair, and wears only a bandolier. His weapon of choice is the Wookiee bowcaster (a crossbow-shaped directed-energy weapon).

Chewbacca’s family had the chance to come together as their paths were crossing for the first time in decades. The most convenient location was Crawford, Texas, as the Wookiee family members would all be travelling within close range of that Texas town. Many members of the family arrived in Crawford on various ships from the far reaches of the galaxy. The family reunion was a great success. 

Reunion Photos

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Portrait of a group of cousins

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Chewie enjoying beverages with Hans Solo’s great-great granddaughter.

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Painted portrait of Chewie, the wife and kids, and cat.

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Chewie with some family elders.

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Cousin Hoolacca arrives at the Crawford spaceport. The late great Carrie Fisher.

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Chewing the fat with his step-brother Leroy the Sasquatch.

Chewie throwing out the first pitch at a Crawford Rattlers baseball game.

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Arboreal ‘Snow Monsters’ Overrun Northern Japan Every Winter

Ice and wind transform these high altitude fir trees of into real-life White Walkers

Along with death and taxes, finding shapes in clouds is one of the most universal human experiences. Most can recall at least one lazy summer day spent lying in the grass, spotting the many dogs and dragons formed by the cottony white clumps of frozen water droplets in the sky.

A more obscure and much colder version of this pastime takes place every winter in Japan’s northern Tohoku region. Intense, relentless Siberian winds blow clouds and fog over the region’s native Maries’ fir trees, enveloping them in a thick, granular coating of ice called rime. The result: Once-verdant forests are transformed into throngs of “snow monsters,” or “juhyo,” as they’re called in Japan.

The anthropomorphic suggestions in the crags, mounds and limbs of the ice-entombed trees allow the imagination to run wild. In this frozen world, icy bears and bobcats cohabitate with frosty witches, skeletons and a few rogue Yeti.

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Juhyo experience their peak from late January to early March, and areas featuring the natural phenomenon can be reached in under two hours by bullet train from Tokyo. A trek into these mystical mountains isn’t for the cold-blooded, though. The mountains accumulate up to 10 feet of snow by the end of the season, and visitors can expect to be greeted by freezing temperatures and fixed strong winds. After all, who ever heard of a snow monster living in a warm, welcoming environment?

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Enduring the conditions is worth it, though, to see these majestic formations up close. The Zao Onsen ski resort is one of the best places to go to walk among the giants. Visitors can hike through the mountains and pose for pictures with their new, 23-foot-tall friends, or encounter them in passing as they tear through the powder on the slopes.

For the truly cold-averse, there is a third, and arguably superior, viewing option. Enclosed cable cars run up the mountain allowing passengers to see the full scope of the monster invasion in relative warmth. At night, colorful lights illuminate the surreal scene casting eerie shadows over the landscape and allowing the imagination to wander. Perhaps it’s an army of White Walkers that even Jon Snow couldn’t manage.

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Smithsonianmag.com