McDonald's Sold Muffin Tops Years After Seinfeld
The lovable gang of affluent sociopaths on Seinfeld sure had a lot of wacky schemes over the years, but most of them didn't manage to permeate the wall that separates fiction from reality. (Sadly, heftier gentlemen still can't purchase a Manssiere.) One ridiculous idea that did come to fruition was executed not by some TV-obsessed weirdo, but by one of the largest corporations in the world. If you remember back to the eighth season, Elaine inspires her former boss, Mr. Lippman, to open a shop devoted to the sale of just the tops of muffins, discarding the stumpy bits we all secretly despise.
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Seemingly wanting to embrace Seinfeld without resorting to having angry employees bark nastily at customers, McDonald's began testing a product known as "Muffin Toppers." And yeah, they were exactly what it sounds like. People of course noted the similarities between the this product and the 20-year-old sitcom plot.
McDonaldsYou can tell they had no idea what they were doing when lemon poppy seed got the starring spot.
On Seinfeld, Mr. Lippman finds that the tops are inedible unless he makes the entire muffin first and then throws away the stumps, leaving him with an unwieldy excess to deal with. While we don't know a lot about the McDonald's process, presumably any surplus muffin parts were just tossed in with whatever other mystery ingredients make up McNuggets.
Arrested Development Anticipated The Trumps
Ah, Arrested Development -- the thing people who didn't grow up with Teen Wolf Too know Jason Bateman from. It seems that in the writers' attempts to craft a comically repugnant family, they accidentally anticipated our current First Family. Think about it. A real estate tycoon who committed a little "light treason" leaves the business to his inept son who is constantly making huge mistakes. Then there's the daughter, Lindsay, who like Ivanka Trump purports to stand for things, but always buckles to her own selfish whims. (Also, we wouldn't be surprised if it turned out Jared showers in a pair of jean shorts.)