Ponder this lead paragraph, published in a recent edition of USA Today:

“Gimme a Whopper, fries—and a beer. Those words are no longer wishful thinking.”

A great, gripping, surgically accurate introductory thought, presuming that whoever is doing the wishing is a stone-cold gastronomic masochist or, more simply put, an idiot.

You may be thinking: Hell, a Whopper would go down easier with a good domestic craft beer. But that’s not what’s afoot.

Burger King has unveiled a plan to sell beer and burgers at a new “Whopper Bar” in Miami Beach’s South Beach. The dining concept combines the gourmet pub grub of Burger King with the artisan-crafted sensibilities of Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors beers served in special aluminum bottles “to keep them extra cold.” $8 gets you a Whopper/beer combo.

You can check out the 400-plus comments for yourself if you’ve got a couple hours to kill at work, but here are a couple of the highlights:

grandma8: I’ll never return to South Florida and if BK starts selling beer in Orlando I will boycott them too. It is suppose to be a kids friendly resturant [sic] and place for teens we don’t need anymore bars.

Boone13646: A new meeting place for fat singles.

Highlights, lowlights, whatever. Actually, skip the comments and read this great story on illegal beekeeping in New York City instead.

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