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Thousands line up for last Big Mac in Iceland
Reuters ^ | October 30, 2009 | Omar Valdimarsson

Posted on 11/01/2009 12:53:40 PM PST by UAConservative

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Thousands of Icelanders lined up at McDonald's restaurants to order their last Big Macs before the U.S. fast-food chain abandons the crisis-hit island at midnight Saturday due to soaring costs.

The world's largest fast-food company said earlier this week that all three of its restaurants in Iceland, operated by franchisee Jon Ogmundsson, would shut down October 31.

The outlets have been packed since the announcement, with lines at one restaurant on the east side of the city backing up out the door and onto the street.

At lunchtime Friday the outlet's parking lot was full and staff inside were working furiously to keep up with the soaring demand.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: bigmac; fastfood; iceland; mcdonalds; theend
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1 posted on 11/01/2009 12:53:40 PM PST by UAConservative
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To: UAConservative

Wow! McD’s is just about everywhere. I never thought I’d see the day when they pulled out of a country.


2 posted on 11/01/2009 12:57:02 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (A good Blue Dog is an unelected Blue Dog. Ditto Rino's!)
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To: UAConservative

Surely there was a Mc Dodos at the US Naval base already.


3 posted on 11/01/2009 12:59:57 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ABQHispConservative
Don't ever order one in Perth, West Australia.....I was famished after flying in a few years ago, and there was an outlet near the hotel.

...entirely unfamiliar; maybe somebody pur 'Roo in the stew.

4 posted on 11/01/2009 1:00:02 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Mmm mmm mmm - Barack Hussein Obama (repeat endlessly))
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To: UAConservative

5 posted on 11/01/2009 1:00:06 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: UAConservative

McDonalds will be replaced by Lars’ Lutefisk Sandwich Shops.


6 posted on 11/01/2009 1:02:49 PM PST by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: UAConservative

Whoops.

Read article and headline before responding. L0L


7 posted on 11/01/2009 1:06:42 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: reg45

McDonald’s Closes Shop in Iceland
Lyst, the operator of US fast food chain McDonald’s in Iceland, announced yesterday that the restaurant’s doors will close at the end of this month. The reason is the rising cost of imported supplies following the collapse of the Icelandic króna.

The low exchange rate in addition to high tariffs have doubled the company’s expenses for meat, cheese, vegetables and other products and challenged its profitability. The ingredients for hamburgers must be imported according to McDonald’s’ regulations, visir.is reports.

Lyst has therefore decided to open a new fast food chain, Metro, in the three locations in Reykjavík where McDonald’s currently operate.

Metro will have Icelandic hamburgers with Icelandic ingredients on the menu, which will create up to 15 new jobs among Icelandic producers.

These changes are undertaken in agreement with McDonald’s, a statement from Lyst reads.

According to visir.is, news of McDonald’s being shut down immediately raised attention in the world press.

AFP discussed the move with owner of Lyst Jón Gardar Ögmundsson and concluded its report by saying that former Prime Minister Davíd Oddsson was the first to eat a hamburger at McDonald’s when the fast food chain first opened in Iceland in 1993.

Ögmundsson told AFP it is unlikely that his company will reopen McDonald’s restaurants in Iceland even after the economy recovers.


8 posted on 11/01/2009 1:10:00 PM PST by VU4G10
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To: reg45

I am not sure what else Icelanders will eat since imported food must be very expensive.


9 posted on 11/01/2009 1:10:10 PM PST by C19fan
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To: reg45

10 posted on 11/01/2009 1:18:15 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: ErnBatavia
Don't ever order one in Perth, West Australia

I'm surprised. I would have thought that McDonald's strived to taste the same everywhere. However, I well remember getting a hamburger in Sydney (not at a McDonald's). For one thing, they asked if I wanted "salad" on it. I figured that was a quaint Aussie expression for lettuce, onion and tomato. Nope. I ended up with beets and carrots on my burger. And there was definitely something up with the beef. I couldn't figure it out, but it tasted like no beef I have ever had anywhere else. Not good.

11 posted on 11/01/2009 1:19:44 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: UAConservative

I need a Big Mac.


12 posted on 11/01/2009 1:22:40 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: UAConservative
In a nearby stationary store, Thora Sigurdardottir, a 35-year old nursing assistant, said she had no intention of going for a final McDonald's meal.

"Good riddance," she said.

For better or worse, McDonald's is a powerful symbol of the USA, so I have to ask why Reuters chose to end the article this way. I would ask that, if I didn't already know.

13 posted on 11/01/2009 1:22:56 PM PST by Batrachian
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To: UAConservative

Surely Dede’s and Owen’s positions on the issues are nearly the same. Newt should now endorse Owens .


14 posted on 11/01/2009 1:24:07 PM PST by rsobin
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To: ErnBatavia
About 25 years ago McDonald's apparently used Roo meat in California hamburgers and cheeseburgers. The joke at the time was “let's all hop on down to McDonald's”.
15 posted on 11/01/2009 1:28:50 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: mylife

>>Read article and headline before responding. L0L<<

Why? No one else does ;)


16 posted on 11/01/2009 1:32:09 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: rsobin

See #7 LOL


17 posted on 11/01/2009 1:33:45 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: ErnBatavia

I’ve been there years afo. Perth and Freemantle. Lovely places.

As are the women there.


18 posted on 11/01/2009 1:34:30 PM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: RandallFlagg

afo = ago


19 posted on 11/01/2009 1:34:52 PM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Batrachian

“McDonald’s is a powerful symbol of the USA”

Symbol opf crap as far as i’m concerned!

They were crap when they were 13 cents and are still crap!


20 posted on 11/01/2009 1:35:21 PM PST by dalereed
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To: freedumb2003

LoL! I was preoccupied with something L0L


21 posted on 11/01/2009 1:36:22 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: reg45
90% of this world's "lutefisk" is produced in Minnesota. Unless Iceland has a secret stash of the stuff they'd have to import that as well.

Odds are they will continue eating locally produced sheep meat.

22 posted on 11/01/2009 1:36:47 PM PST by muawiyah (Git Out The Way)
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To: reg45

Home of the Big Kipper


23 posted on 11/01/2009 1:37:25 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: UAConservative

Sounds like there’s quite a market for someone new to start a franchise there.


24 posted on 11/01/2009 1:37:46 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio
Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm...


25 posted on 11/01/2009 1:40:41 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: muawiyah
Minnesota

It just keeps getting better.
26 posted on 11/01/2009 1:43:22 PM PST by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot children are in charge!)
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To: Maine Mariner
About 25 years ago McDonald's apparently used Roo meat in California hamburgers and cheeseburgers. The joke at the time was “let's all hop on down to McDonald's”.

I went into a McDonald's in Chicago one time and told the clerk, "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse."

He just smiled knowingly.

27 posted on 11/01/2009 1:44:15 PM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: dalereed

My statement stands.


28 posted on 11/01/2009 1:48:21 PM PST by Batrachian
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To: Oatka

The Colonel sells his chicken *sses to McDonald.

So if you bite into a McDonald burger and it goes Brrrffrrt...
You know you got one of the Colonels *sses.


29 posted on 11/01/2009 1:49:35 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Looks good, actually. Would like to try all of that.


30 posted on 11/01/2009 1:50:25 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio

I could live without the blubber.


31 posted on 11/01/2009 1:51:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: UAConservative

Sardines for everybody!


32 posted on 11/01/2009 2:02:51 PM PST by Dem Guard
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To: mylife

Would be something I’d sample maybe once since I’ve never had it.


33 posted on 11/01/2009 2:04:32 PM PST by mysterio
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To: mysterio
Controversial Whale Dish - Þrír Frakkar (aka Three Overcoats) Reykjavik
34 posted on 11/01/2009 2:09:19 PM PST by VU4G10
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To: Batrachian

McDonalds never made anything that came close to being food!


35 posted on 11/01/2009 2:12:05 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Maine Mariner
Not true.
36 posted on 11/01/2009 2:22:32 PM PST by papasmurf (RnVjayB5b3UsIDBiYW1hLCB5b3UgcGllY2Ugb2Ygc2hpdCBjb3dhcmQh)
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To: VU4G10

That looks good!


37 posted on 11/01/2009 2:25:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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38 posted on 11/01/2009 2:26:24 PM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: dalereed
Ya think ANY Icelanders ever ordered the Fillet~O~Fish?


39 posted on 11/01/2009 2:28:35 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Doubt it, they have access to good fish!


40 posted on 11/01/2009 2:29:35 PM PST by dalereed
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To: mylife
" I could live without the blubber. "
Believe I`ll pass on the rams testicles as well
41 posted on 11/01/2009 2:32:00 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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42 posted on 11/01/2009 2:34:42 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Harold Shea

LoL! But the headcheese is fine by you eh?


43 posted on 11/01/2009 2:35:35 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: rsobin

A little off topic, but........oh well.


44 posted on 11/01/2009 2:39:26 PM PST by EggsAckley (There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply. W.C. Fields)
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To: mylife

I wish I remembered the “king” for the phobia thread. I have a phobia of the Burger King. Skeery!


45 posted on 11/01/2009 2:42:09 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: mylife

Icelanders only eat this once a year during the Thorrablot festival.

Thorrablot - Iceland’s Midwinter Feast “Thorrablot”

The midwinter feast Thorrablot in Iceland is held at any time during the month of Þorri, which begins on the first Friday after January 19th (the 13th week of winter.) Thorrablot (Icelandic: “Þorrablót”) takes place in the coldest dark days of the year, and many of the foods served are the smoked/pickled produce of the previous year. It is a Scandinavian tradition with lots of viking history.

The Thorrablot celebration starts with dinner. For the midwinter feast, Icelanders serve what was normal day-to-day food for Vikings, and turn back to nature-made food

that was smoked, laid in mysa (a sour milk-product), salted, dried or kaestur (rotting and setting meat).

Sample plate in photo:

1.Hákarl (putrefied shark)
2.Blóðmör (filled sausage/black pudding)
3.Hrútspungur (ram’s scrotum with testicles)
4.Lundabaggi (sheep’s fat)
5.Svinasulta (jellied ham)
6.Svið (jellied sheep’s head)
7.Harðfiskur (bread spread made of fish)
8.Hangikjot (smoked lamb)

After the Thorrablot dinner, don’t be surprised at people’s bad breath (blame the menu)! Get ready for group games and old songs and stories, accompanied by Brennivin (Iceland’s strong schnapps). Later in the evening, dances start and often continue until the early morning when Thorrablot celebrations draw to an end.


46 posted on 11/01/2009 2:44:16 PM PST by VU4G10
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To: goseminoles

He is Kreepy L0L


47 posted on 11/01/2009 2:44:59 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: VU4G10

Oh My!


48 posted on 11/01/2009 2:45:45 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: VU4G10

“(Iceland’s strong schnapps”

I believe I would want that first. :0)


49 posted on 11/01/2009 2:48:56 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Waste and fraud are synonymous with gov't spending)
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50 posted on 11/01/2009 2:49:39 PM PST by VU4G10
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