Diatribe: White Castle Scented Candles.
As a teen, I found myself among a bunch of practical jokers. The gang at work was always up to something. From harmless prank to borderline felony, all the girls and boys would participate at one time or another. And each would, ultimately, become a victim of a prank. As I found myself rising into the role of supervisor, I found myself becoming less prankster and more victim. One of the most memorable pranks that I fell for involved a White Castle hamburger.
Like Krystals in the south, White Castle hamburgers (also known as “sliders”) are quite popular among the late-night-after-the-bars-have-closed-I’m-so-drunk-I’ll-eat-anything-looking-for-cheap-food-no-where-else-is-still-open crowd in the Midwest. The tiny square burgers with five holes, served on steamed buns with diced onions, a pickle slice and some mustard arrive in a distinctive box and with an aroma like no other.
A still unknown representative of the merry band of pranksters hid a slider under the seat of my car … on a hot summer day … in an asphalt parking lot … with the windows closed.
During the next couple of weeks, the interior of my car began to stink. At first, I thought I might have hit a skunk on the highway. When washing the car didn’t alleviate the problem, I cleaned out all my extra clothes thinking perhaps the odor had something to do with the extra pair of shoes that I carried with me. I bought air fresheners to hang from the mirror and sprays to fill the air with pleasant fragrance. After a few weeks of these treatments, and driving with the windows open, the odor finally dissipated.
It wasn’t until months later that I found the crusty hardened White Castle hamburger, curled up and brown, pickle intact, inside the little white box shoved between the springs beneath the seat of my car. They got me!
I hadn’t given that prank much thought until today when I learned that White Castle is selling slider-scented candles. Yuck. They say it smells like what would happen if you mixed vanilla candle wax with burger grease. I’ll pass! But, those who really love the smell of a fresh White Castle hamburger can enjoy the aroma of sliders all day long and White Castle will donate one hundred percent of the net proceeds from the sale of these candles to Autism Speaks.
A last minute gift idea? Perhaps … but don’t leave one under the seat of your car.
Would you buy a slider-scented candle?!
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