Or is it the other way around?
Psy's "Gangnam Style" has definitely been reaching "Call Me Maybe" levels of parody (and Ellen airtime), but it looks like a group of Angelenos beat the Cookie Monster to a food-related parody.
As an homage to In-N-Out's classic, always-craved Animal Style burger, this video (hat tip to LAist) shows a bunch of people wearing In-N-Out hats, dancing Psy's infamous horse move, and singing about everything off the In-N-Out secret menu. There's even references to protein style, which is often overlooked (although, no neapolitan shake. Missing out, guys).
The lyrics involve a dig at Chick-fil-A, but definitely showcases some insider-y menu knowledge. Check out the first few lines: "In-N-Out is my favorite fast-food restaurant/ Their secret menu has everything that I want/ 100 percent beef on a fresh bun, or get the Flying Dutchman." There are some not-so-safe visuals for the conservative workplace, and the dancing could be better, but the song is still super catchy. Watch it all below, if only to get your jam on.
How Long Do Dried Beans Last? Here's What You Should Know
When stored properly, beans can last a very long time.
Ah beans, where would we be without you? These plant-based proteins are extremely good for you, and there are so many different ways to have them: You might try our Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup or Pepper and Black Bean Salad with Citrus Dressing, or even Chicken, Sausage and White Bean Stew. Legumes can add some creamy goodness, in addition to soluble and insoluble fiber, to just about any meal.
Given the longer shelf life of dried beans when compared to fresh produce, it makes sense to stock up on these (usually) cost-effective veggies. But just how much should you keep on hand? Just like any food, dried beans don't really last forever &mdash despite how it may seem. Here's what you should know about the shelf life of dried beans.
Fast Food Faceoff: In-N-Out vs. Whataburger
As stomachs begin to grumble on road trips, Texans are drawn—almost trance-like—to the orange-and-white beacon of Whataburger. The chain has built its reputation on being fast, friendly, family-owned, and consistently tasty. But we’ve got news, Whataburger fans: There’s a new burger joint popping up across Texas that not only checks those same boxes, but has an equally devoted fanbase.
In California, In-N-Out has gained a cult-like following not unlike Whataburger’s in Texas. The transplant currently has 35 locations in Texas, mostly concentrated in Dallas-Fort Worth. But the chain is expanding slowly across Austin and San Antonio metro areas, and in July bought land in Houston—a tacit confirmation of longtime rumors that it would expand to the largest city in Texas.
A Texas Relocation Report released earlier this year confirms what many Texans, at least anecdotally, already know to be true: Californians are moving to Texans in droves. It makes sense, then, that In-N-Out would capitalize on these newly minted Texans’ taste for animal-style fries. But will the continued influx of Golden Staters bring with them a shift in Texas’s fast food sensibilities? Could the hype of In-N-Out eclipse the tried-and-true taste of a quintessentially Texan drive-thru experience?
We asked our own recent California transplant, Charley Locke, to make the case for her home state’s fabled burger stop. The Texanist himself, David Courtney, has stepped up to the plate to defend Whataburger’s honor. Let’s settle, once and for all, which one of these state favorites comes out on top. After you read through their defenses, be sure to cast your own vote.
In-N-Out: The key to a great fast food burger, of course, is the meat, and In-N-Out’s is the best because it’s the freshest. There’s no freezer. No microwave. No heat lamp. Look into the open kitchen—that’s right, at In-N-Out, there’s nothing to hide—as friendly cooks take your fresh burger, done just as you like it, and top it with similarly fresh ingredients. Delicately melted cheese hugs your patty, and hand-leafed iceberg lettuce and generous slices of tomato and onion rest atop it. The glorious stack is then encased in a bun that’s toasted just as buns should be: only on the inner side, making it crunchy on the inside, soft on the outside. The result? A bite that tastes like juicy burger meat, accented with the taste of ever-true American cheese and tangy-sweet special sauce (no overpowering taste of mustard here, Whataburger), with the textural variety of crunchy lettuce and ripe tomato. It’s a bite that tastes like celebrating with your teammates after a tee-ball championship, like that late-night sense of freedom when you first got your driver’s license, like college road trip pilgrimages. The taste of an In-N-Out burger is classic. The yellow arrow points you toward home.
Whataburger: A Whataburger cheeseburger as it comes right off the menu—sans the “just-like-you-like-it” embellishments for which the restaurant has become known—provides its eater with the platonic ideal of a fast food burger. The warm, soft, and ever-so-toasty white bread bun has a slightly buttery kiss of golden toasting inside (the actual secret ingredient to this flavor is known as “bun oil”). A subtly seasoned beef patty—griddled to a fast food perfect medium-well-to-well doneness, then topped with a thin slice of silky American cheese—exudes a zap of umami, balanced by de rigueur veggies of lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion and a relatively minimalistic condiment (read: yellow mustard). Put all together and wrapped in that familiar orangey-yellowy paper, and its individual elements join forces for a wholly satisfying cheeseburger experience. Plus, with a bun that’s five-inches in diameter, it’s bigger than your typical burger. And as everybody knows, a bigger burger is a better burger. The meaty core of the Whataburger is a thin(ish), but large(ish) slab of 100 percent ground beef, formed into a tender and tasty patty that is sturdy enough to not fall to pieces as the burger is consumed.
In-N-Out: In-N-Out offers a platonic fry: thin, crispy, and salty. My coworkers’ compared them to cardboard, which they have somehow confused with fresh from the ground potatoes. You know, the humble, oval-shaped vegetable? They’re shipped to your local In-N-Out from a farm, cut, and—moments before they are served to you—fried in 100 percent vegetable oil. They’re fresh, they’re tasty, and they’re just the right consistency and saltiness to dip into your creamy milkshake (made with real ice cream). Fries aren’t crispy enough for you? Go ahead and ask for them extra-crispy, and the good people of In-N-Out will gladly oblige. That’s the thing about a fast food chain where they actually make the food fresh, and to order: you can actually get your meal exactly how you want it.
Whataburger: Whataburger french fries are without peer. The thin-cut (not shoestring thin, mind you) potatoes are deep-fried to a point of perfection that results in a snappy exterior and sublimely spuddy interior. They come pre-salted and are so good that they made a star of an everyday condiment. Whataburger’s Fancy Ketchup is so famous that it has its own T-shirts. A ketchup with its own T-shirt! Such a thing would certainly not have been possible without an impeccable fry.
In-N-Out: In-N-Out is delicious, but I’m not just loyal to the food. When you walk past that welcoming yellow arrow, you know you’re among your people. Step inside for the endearingly old-timey menu and uniforms, including a free paper hat. (I’m not the only lifelong In-N-Out fan with happy childhood memories of wearing those hats for hours on a family road trip—which wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the drive-thru.) And clinch your membership in the In-N-Out club by ordering off the famously secret menu. Animal-style, which adds pickles, special sauce, grilled onions, and mustard to your order, is just the most well-known of the variations. Speaking of menus, do you notice anything else? In-N-Out not only has superior quality, but it also has unquestionably better pricing (and compensates its employees well, with a minimum of $11 per hour and insurance for full and part-time workers). A burger, french fries, and a shake? At In-N-Out, that’s a reasonable $5.85. At Whataburger, it’ll cost you a steep $8.22. Save those extra dollars for a second black-and-white shake. You’ll want it.
Whataburger: The in-shop dining experience at Whataburger is a thing of service industry beauty. Friendly and efficient employees (friendliness is a Texas trait) in not-overly-uniform uniforms are there to serve. And serve they do. Order at the counter from a straightforward menu, take your iconic table tent number (Like the Fancy Ketchup T-shirts, a commemorative keepsake version of the Whataburger table tents are available to purchase) to a seat and wait for your order to be delivered right to you with an offering of napkins and condiments—including that famous Whataburger Fancy Ketchup. Service with a smile.
In-N-Out: Is it the fanciest burger and fries you’ll ever have? No, of course not. If you’re looking for a truffle-bison burger with parmesan-encrusted sweet-potato fries—or even “Fancy Ketchup”—get outta my drive-thru. When I want a burger and fries, I want a burger and fries, not a honey butter chicken biscuit or taquitos or apple pie. (And I definitely don’t want a “garden salad.”) “Just like you like it”? I like it simple, fresh, and good, not with unnecessary trimmings distracting me from the main event. I like “quality you can taste.” In-N-Out—founded two years before Whataburger, mind you—is where you go when you want a delicious classic. It’s simply the best burger-and-fries in town.
Still not quite convinced? Fine, don’t take my word for it—ask Texas’s Queen B.
Whataburger: Founded by Harmon Dobson in Corpus Christi in 1950, Whataburger, on the quality of its made-to-order burgers, and eventual ever-presence (there are now over eight hundred Whataburgers scattered across the country, with some six hundred of those located in Texas) has become a Texas institution. If you grew up in Texas, it’s likely that you grew up on Whataburger.
Double Double Animal Style Cheeseburger
This double double animal style burger is the most amazing burger I&rsquove eaten! If you love the In and Out Burger Animal Style, you&rsquore going to love my In and Out copycat recipe!
So, no big deal or anything, but I&rsquove pretty much mastered the cheeseburger.
I mean, this cheeseburger recipe is life changing. It&rsquos completely addictive. You&rsquoll never be content with another cheeseburger again.
Basically, what I&rsquom saying is that life as you know is over.
This new life that you&rsquore going to be living is full of things like juicy meat, gooey cheese, sweet, melty caramelized onions, and butter soaked buns. Did I mention the secret sauce? It&rsquos not really very secret, because I&rsquom totally going to run up and down the streets shouting about this sauce. It&rsquos good, you guys.
So, that&rsquos what&rsquos going on in my world. Running through town like a mad woman, burger juice dribbling down my chin, screaming about secret sauces and the most perfect onions you&rsquove ever had in your life and no, I don&rsquot even care if you don&rsquot like onions, because these onions are not your average onion. These onions melt in your mouth. These onions are sweet and salty and soft and perfect.
The burger? It&rsquos thin, man. You squish the crap out of it when you put it on the griddle, but no worries. You&rsquore going to double your burgers up&hellipplenty of meat to go around. Oh, did I forget to tell you how you&rsquore going to squirt mustard on your burger patties before you grill them? It&rsquos ridiculous, you guys. Just plain ridiculous.
So. That&rsquos where we at. Best. Dang. Cheeseburgers. Ever.
It should be noted that this recipe is based off of a copycat version of the Double Double Animal Style Burger from In-N-Out. I live in the middle of Illinois where there is a serious lack of In-N-Outs. I don&rsquot know how this compares, but I do know that this burger is my soul mate.
Update: I keep getting emails about the fabulous looking waffle fries. The recipe goes like this: purchase a bag of Alexia Waffle Fries, preheat the oven and cook fries according to package directions. Easy and so, so good. We love Alexia! Try their sweet potato fries if you haven&rsquot already!
Kosaka, the creator of PPAP, said in an interview that he came up with the song sitting in his house. He was listening to the tune when he picked up a pen to start writing. He thought about his background of being from Japan's biggest apple-producing region (Aomori Prefecture) as he also realized that he had an open can of pineapples on the table. 
The song is written in the key of C♯ minor with a common time tempo of 136 beats per minute. Pikotaro's vocals span from F♯3 to C♯5 in the song. 
The song originated as a music video released on YouTube on 25 August 2016. In the video, Pikotaro, dressed in a yellow snake/leopard animal print costume, dances around, and then sings English lyrics like "I have a pen, I have a apple. Uh! Apple pen" while making the gestures of holding the named items and combining them. The video's expense was about 100,000 yen.  
On 26 September, Pikotaro released a video on how to do the dance and the gestures.  On 27 October, Pikotaro posted a "long version" of the music video. 
On 17 November, Pikotaro made an appearance on the Japanese edition of Sesame Street, where he joined Elmo and Cookie Monster in singing their version of the song titled "CBCC (Cookie-Butter-Choco-Cookie)".  
Pikotaro has since revisited the compounding-words concept of PPAP in later music videos, such as the musically similar "Beetle Booon But Bean in Bottle (BBBBB)" [sic]. 
"PPAP", alongside three other works by Pikotaro, was released to digital storefronts through Avex Music Creative on 7 October 2016.  An instrumental version of the song was made available on 12 October 2016. 
Viral spread Edit
The video accumulated about 1 million hits in its first month of play.  Kosaka remarked it was mostly popular among Japanese students.  On 27 September 2016, Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber shared the video on Twitter, captioning it as his "favorite video on the Internet".  The video had since gone viral, averaging over 1.5 million hits a day, and being touted as the new "Gangnam Style" by various newspapers and online media.    It has spawned many videos from people doing their own versions. On the YouTube music video charts it reached number 1,  and stayed there for three weeks in a row.  A PPAP Cafe in Tokyo was open for 20 days starting from 1 November 2016. 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pikotaro uploaded a remix of the song on 4 April 2020, titled "PPAP-2020." In the remix, Pikotaro pretends to combine his hands with soap, and repeats "Wash! Wash! Wash! Wash!" while pretending to wash his hands. In the end, he tells the viewers to "Pray for People And Peace."  
The song debuted at number four on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 dated 22 October 2016.  The following week it climbed to number three  and the week after that it peaked at number two.  After dropping to number three, it topped the chart for the 14 November edition. 
The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States at number 77, and at 45 seconds in length, becoming the shortest song to chart in its history at the time. The previous shortest song was "Little Boxes" by The Womenfolk, which reached number 83 in 1964 and was 1 minute and 2 seconds in length.  The fact was recognized by Guinness World Records.   The song has since reappeared twice more, at number 82 for the week of 26 November, and 93 the week of 3 December. 
Korean Fried Chicken
I’m desperately struggling as I’m trying to right out this post. I ate way too much in honor of the July 4th holiday, and skipping the gym didn’t help my case. After all, it is a national holiday so I get a free pass, right?
My July 4th holiday began with an early lunch at The Oinkster where Jason and I shared their famous Oinkster Pastrami sandwich, slathered with their amazing garlic aioli.
We also couldn’t help ourselves but to order their piggy fries, which is pretty much In-N-Out’s animal style fries on crack. With strings and strings and strings of caramelized onions and their house sauce, it’s hard to put your fork down!
Once dinnertime came around, we went to Jason’s parent’s house where we fired up the grill, Korean-style of course. We grilled some pork belly along with homemade kimchi, which then gets wrapped into some green leaf lettuce slathered with gochuchang, a wonderfully spicy chili paste. Once we finished our Korean feast, we stuffed our face with Porto’s irresistible cheese rolls.
Yeah, like I said, I ate way too much.
So before I attempt to recover from all of the amazing food I gorged on today, I leave you with this: double fried Korean chicken wings. This is a recipe from Jason’s mom, a recipe that she came up with 20 years ago, and has been making it periodically since then. It only requires 3 ingredients with 2 batches of deep fried goodness – one batch to get it cooked through and a second batch to get it nice and crisp. Then you slather it in a reduced sweet soy sauce mixture, leaving you with the most amazing, most sticky wings ever!
Dispose of an old flag in a respectful manner.
The Federal Flag Code says that unserviceable flags should be burned in a respectful, ceremonial manner, but do so discreetly so people don't misinterpret your intentions. If it is illegal to burn synthetic materials in your state or you feel uncomfortable doing so, contact your local American Legion post to find out if they have flag disposal ceremonies, which commonly occur on Flag Day, June 14. Local Scout troops are another resource for disposing your retired flag in a dignified and respectful way.
Healthy vs Healthier
While the health benefits of rejiggered junk food may seem specious, it’s a fact that most of us at least occasionally crave something unhealthy, so why not indulge without totally giving in to sometimes-gross excess? Even if you’re not going full-on paleo, gluten-free, vegan (or what have you), making multiple minor changes to your culinary habits, like baking instead of frying, cutting down on oils and fats, reducing sugar and salt, eating a little less meat every week, and skipping the easiest dine-out options in favor of cooking at home more often, can really add up to feeling better.
Treating yourself to healthier fast food can be as simple as slapping some meatless Morningstar BBQ “riblets” on a bun with onions and pickles for a vegan McRib—any time you want it, no need to wait until it inevitably comes back. Or you can get a little more involved and make one of the recipes below when the urge strikes you.
The top 10 most-viewed YouTube videos of all time
1) “Despacito” — Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee
Will there ever be another song as popular as “Despacito” on YouTube? It’s hard to say. We’ve never seen anything like it. It’s the undisputed hit of 2017 and proved that international audiences can make a huge impact on YouTube and in U.S. markets.
Views: 5.44 billion
Uploaded: January 2017
2) “See You Again” — Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
Wiz Khalifa’s Furious 7 anthem has had a surprisingly long shelf life, in part because the video pays tribute to the late Paul Walker.
Views: 3.71 billion
Uploaded: April 2015
When “See You Again” eclipsed Psy’s “Gangnam Style” in July 2017, it was quickly noticed.
Screengrab via @bshoup/Twitter
3) “Shape of You”— Ed Sheeran
Since it’s release in June 2017, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” has quietly made its way into the top 10 YouTube videos of all time, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Screengrab via @bshoup/Twitter
Views: 3.7 billion
Uploaded: June 2017
4) “Masha and the Bear” — Get Movies
Here’s the one video on this list of YouTube’s most popular videos that you probably haven’t seen. Masha and the Bear is a Russian animated children’s show that’s been translated to 25 languages and can now be watched on Netflix. What’s truly incredible about this video is that it’s not even an original—it’s an unauthorized copy.
Views: 3.23 billion
Uploaded: January 2012
5) “Gangnam Style” — Psy
Remember “Gangnam Style”? Honestly, how could you forget? This viral hit spawned a thousand parodies and a silly dance craze that swept the world—all while providing from subtle class commentary.
Screengrab via officialpsy/YouTube
Views: 3.2 billion
Uploaded: July 2012
6) “Uptown Funk” — Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
You know a song is huge when you see it performed during a Super Bowl halftime appearance. This anthem helped cement Bruno Mars as a household name.
Views: 3.19 billion
Uploaded: November 2014
7) “Sorry” — Justin Bieber
No one dominates YouTube’s charts quite like Justin Bieber. Part of that is because he delivers major pop hits, but he also has a loyal following from his earliest days on the platform.
Views: 2.99 billion
Uploaded: October 2015
8) “Sugar” — Maroon 5
Maroon 5’s video for “Sugar,” the third single off the band’s 2014 album V, was inspired in part by the 2005 rom-com Wedding Crashers. The song peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it continues to gain traction on YouTube.
Screengrab via Maroon5VEVO/YouTube
Views: 2.71 billion
Uploaded: January 2015
9) “Shake It Off” — Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was an instant hit on YouTube, despite causing some controversy over its twerking scenes.
Screengrab via TaylorSwiftVEVO/YouTube
Views: 2.62 billion views
Uploaded: August 2014
10) “Roar” — Katy Perry
Screengrab via KatyPerryVEVO/YouTube
Views: 2.6 billion
Uploaded: September 2013
Things I Wish I Had Known When My Dog Died
On Jan. 4, 11 years and 26 days after I walked out of an animal shelter in New Jersey with a little white and brown dog attached to the end of a brand-new leash, she died. On this day, an undiagnosed tumor pressed down on Emily’s brain and told her that she needed to escape, which made her usually soft, cuddly and often napping body go wild, endangering herself and me. The humane thing to do was put her down.
I don’t think anything could have prepared me for that moment, or the searing grief that followed. But if I could go back in time to console myself, I would tell myself these six things:
Most people will say the wrong thing. They will talk about dogs they knew and loved and put down, too, or, if they haven’t walked through this long, lonely tunnel yet, about how they can’t possibly imagine losing their very alive pet, which reminds you that yours is dead. They will also ask how old she was, and when you say 15, they will say, “Well, it was a good long life,” as if the ending of it would be less painful because of how long you were together.
They may tell you other dog death stories, too, like the one about the dog who was so excited to be home from vacation that he bolted out of the car and was immediately run over while the whole family watched — stories that imply it could have been worse. They will shove shelter listings for other Jack Russell terriers at you, as if another dog could slip into that perfect little spot left by your beloved one-of-a-kind pet.
Guilt overwhelms. I still tell myself that I killed Emily, despite the veterinarian telling me, after her body had been taken away, while I gripped both a counter and a vet tech to keep from collapsing, that all four of her paws had been bloodied as she had clawed at the floor, the door and the ground during her manic and desperate attempt to get away from my home. There is guilt, too, over the relief of no longer having to take care of a dog who was on multiple medications and who had arthritis, two defective heart valves and pulmonary hypertension.
You will become unmoored. I adopted Emily soon after I became a freelance writer, and I wrote three books with her by my side. She was the metronome to my life. With her gone, I floated through a space she no longer occupied but haunted with every little white hair found on my blankets, on the floor, in my shoes. Once, in the first week following her death, I came up from the basement and looked at the spot where she would usually be waiting. I called for her with the foolish notion that she’d appear at the top of the stairs. But of course, no: just another sledgehammer reminder that she was really gone.
Grief is exhausting. Last fall, I ran two marathons and an ultramarathon. After Emily died, I couldn’t drag myself through three miles, not to mention find the energy to get out of bed, put on clothes that were not my pajamas and shower at regular intervals. I pushed off assignments because the idea of putting my fingers to the keyboard was inconceivable when Emily wasn’t sleeping on her bed in the corner of my office. These were wretched, grief-stained days, surrounded by a deafening silence.
I went back into therapy after she died and was told I was depressed, which wasn’t surprising, as I had started to slip into bed at 8:30 p.m. and not get up until half a day later. Losing a companion and your routine all at once, especially if you’re single like me, could throw anyone into a tailspin.
It will get better. You won’t want to hear it, or believe it, because the pain is so suffocating. It does ease, though, almost without you noticing it.
But still, it slaps back. This may happen at predictable moments, such as when you decide to sell her crate, and sometimes not. Soon after Emily died, I got on a plane and went to Florida to bake out the pain with all-day poolside sessions punctuated by midday drinks. It worked, somewhat, but on my last night there, my face cracked open at the World of Disney store when I saw a mug with the character Stitch that said “brave” on one side and “loyal” on the other. Only the cashier noticed that I paid with tears and snot running down my face. I then ran out of the store to stare at a lake.
These days, I get up, I brush my teeth, I write, I run. I smile now and laugh sometimes. The pain still catches me, though, and I can now more clearly see why: I loved that dog, and in giving a scared, abused, imperfect Emily a home, she loved me back, and together our lives both bloomed. The loss of that joy is why the pain is so acute — and why, at some point in the maybe not so distant future, I’ll go back to that animal shelter with a brand-new leash, and do it all over again.