In Japan, the fugu, or puffer fish, is considered a delicacy. Although it’s been called the “second most poisonous vertebrae in the world,” it apparently tastes delicious. That’s why some people are willing to risk their lives—and somewhere between 50 to 200 bucks—to try it.
You could say the American equivalent to the fugu is the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, a themed restaurant that lived up to its name again last weekend when a customer collapsed at her table. The burger joint, whose 9,993-calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger has been recognized by Guinness, is an ode to American obesity: people over 350 pounds eat for free!
Owner Jon Basso considers his eatery a hot-spot for thrill-seeking risk-takers, a “bad for you but fun” restaurant that “attracts people who don’t really take good care of their health,” as per the L.A. Times. He also figures that his customers know what they’re getting into. “Unlike cigarettes, I have had warnings labels since Day 1 when we opened in 2005 telling people how bad our food is for you. I think that skirts any liability we might have.”
Just how much is 9,993 calories? Let’s put it this way. According to the Mayo Clinic’s Calorie Calculator, that’s more than three times the estimate daily calorie needs—for Toronto mayor Rob Ford, he who currently weighs 312 pounds. Whoa, I think I just came up with an idea for a post-mayoral business opportunity. Who can finish off a Quadruple Rob Ford burger? Nooooobody!