Reading Annotation and Collection- The McRib

Paragraph Summary

  McDonalds is using a psychological ploy to sell the McRib sandwich. McDonalds uses the term “pork” very generously because the McRib sandwich is made from several different pig parts, including tripe, heart and even pig stomach. Also, as we all know, the McRib sandwich is boneless, and also designed to look like a slab of ribs. The sandwich is desirable because of the way that it looks and because of its name. However, it is also questionable because at the end of the day the sandwich does not truly look like ribs. The sandwich is questionable because no one actually knows what it is, although all of the elements together still appeal to our taste buds. The secret behind the McRib, and other McDonald’s products, make them desirable in itself.

Key Words

  • euphemism
  • abhorrence
  • delirium

Key Phrases

  • the McRib makes a brief visit to Earth.
  •  bound and preserved by a petrochemical preservative called tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ.
  • “McFrankenstein creation.”

Clarifying Question

What was the outcome of the 2003 lawsuit against McDonald’s?

Discussion Question

After reading this article and finding out about what the McRib is made of, how many of you would still eat the McRib sandwiches?

Big Ideas

McDonald’s is using leftover pig parts to create the McRib and calling it “boneless pork”. One of the main preservative is tertiary butylhydroquinone, causes  “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse.” I think one of the reasons why McDonald’s using the leftover pig parts is because they want to save money.


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