63 Things That Are Better With French Fries, Hands Down

63 Things That Are Better With French Fries, Hands Down

Let's face it fries > guys.

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Can anyone else have fries with breakfast, lunch, and dinner? No, just me? OK.

1. Breakfast time.

Fries are basically the same as hashbrowns, right?

2. Walking to class.

If your campus does not have a Chick Fil A, I am so sorry.

3. Watching television.

#NetflixAndChill? More like #NetflixAndCheesyFries.

4. Family gatherings.

Fries are always the perfect side dish. Plus, they go GREAT with listening to drama.

5. Whenever you are eating ice cream. 

Some may say that ketchup is the perfect dipping sauce for fries. Those people have clearly never dipped fries into a McDonald's ice cream.

6. A first date. 

Fries are way easier to eat than corn-on-the-cob.

7. Lunch time.

Obviously.

8. At the movie theater. 

Movie theater popcorn is too expensive. Just hide some fries in your purse.

9. Break-ups.

Don't be basic and go for ice cream. Fries are way more comforting.

10. When hanging with your dog.

Fries are dog friendly (and they will make your dog love you more, guaranteed).

11. While at the gym.

Life is all about balance, right?

12. While sitting at the front of the lecture hall.

Offer some to your professor while you are at it. Brownie points.

13. During a photography shoot.

Memories that will last forever.

14. On #WineWednesday.

Cheesy fries > cheese and crackers.

15. In the bath tub.

Toss in a bath bomb, light some candles, and grab yourself a plate of fries. Self care is important, you know.

16. Whenever you order room service to a hotel room. 

Yes. Just yes. Yes.

17. On a picnic.

What better side for PB&J sandwiches?

18. At dinner.

It goes with everything -- chicken, beef, vegetables, pork, fish....

19. Cuddle time.

The perfect side to a perfectly intimate moment.

20. During an art class.

Just make sure to dip them in the ketchup and not the red paint.

21. On your period. 

Maybe they will make the cramps better. Maybe they will just make your soul happy.

22. At your engagement party.

What better way to toast this major event in your life?

23. On a road trip.

Everyone has their "favorite road trip snack."

24. On the toilet.

Gross? Maybe. Delicious? Yes.

25. At a game night.

Beer pong is overrated. Fries pong is where it is at.

26. During therapy.

Fries & Feelings Forever.

27. At Disney World.

Just keep them in your fanny pack.

28. Trick-or-treating.

Yeah, like, Kit-Kats are pretty cool, but have you ever had fries?

29. During a movie night.

Mindless eating is always a fun pastime.

30. While walking around Target.

You know you will be there for a few hours, you are bound to get hungry.

31. On #TacoTuesday.

Fries are basically like tortilla chips.

32. At the mall food court. 

Bring some disguises so you can get the free samples a few times.

33. During a game of 'Simon Says.'

Simon says eat a fry, And another one. And another one. And another one.

34. At a potluck.

You might as well write down that you will be making your own french fries.

35. Flying in an airplane.

Fries are way better than little packets of salted peanuts.

36. At your own wedding.

"I now pronounce thee husband and wife. You may eat the fries!"

37. Eating contests.

So, how many French fries can you eat in four minutes?

38. At Tuesday's trivia night.

Brain food.

39. Asking someone to hoco / prom / formal / etc.

Three words: French fry bouquet.

40. Vinegar.

Have you ever had fries dipped in vinegar? Try it.

41. When you have the flu.

Pretty easy on the stomach.

42. Literally any classic dipping sauce.

Honey mustard, ketchup, mustard, ranch....

43. Studying.

Going through 5 Powerpoint slides --> 5 fries.

44. Sitting at the back of the lecture hall.

If you walk in late to class, bribe someone with your fries to send you their notes.

45. Fish.

Fish and chips, mate?

46. New York Style Pizza.

Official opinion straight a New Englander's mouth.

47. At midnight snack time.

Tip-toeing into the kitchen like....

48. Chicken tenders.

There is literally not a minute in the day when I am not craving chicken tenders, fries, and honey mustard.

49. Work.

That's what desk drawers are for, right?

50. Karaoke night. 

Fries go great with "Love Shack" by the B-52's.

51. Cheeseburgers.

The most classic combination.

52. Drinking soda.

Something about an ice cold Sprite or root beer makes fries taste that much better.

53. A football game.

Football games can take SO LONG. You are going to need a snack or else you might pass out.

54. Popcorn chicken.

I do not care what you say, this is totally different from chicken tenders.

55. Baseball games.

Goodbye peanuts and cracker jacks, hello French fries.

56. At the fair.

If I have some funnel cake and some fries, I will be a happy gal.

57. Mac and cheese.

Carbs on carbs on carbs on carbs.

58. A day at the zoo.

Zoo food is usually pretty mediocre, but that is OK.

59. Chili.

Chili cheese fries are *WOW.*

60. Sunny side up eggs.

Dip them right into the yolk.

61. Hotdogs.

The perfect Independence Day barbecue is not complete without this classic combination. Add in some sauerkraut and you have really got yourself a party.

62. Grilled cheese sandwiches.

This place by my house has the dankest grilled cheese and fries. So good, so good.

63. At a buffet.

All-you-can-eat.

Like I said french fries go with EVERYTHING and if you don't believe me go try some of these out on my list!

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The Unspoken Dangers of 'Mukbang' Culture

Ever wondered why you can't stop clicking on these addictive, self-made eating shows?

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past five years, you've probably heard of the internet trend commonly referred to as a mukbang, or "eating show." These self-produced video clips typically involve one hungry individual, their filming device, and an obscene amount of delicious foods.

Though these broadcasts originated all the way from South Korea (hence the foreign vocabulary), the growing popularity of eating videos has taken the internet by storm. Nowadays as you scroll through YouTube, you'll find an outrageous amount of uploads with titles like "10,000 CALORIE PASTA MUKBANG," "EATING EVERYTHING ON THE MCDONALD'S MENU," or "THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE."

Popular 'mukbangers' such as Peggie Neo, Megan McCullom, and Steven Sushi have made a sizable profit off of their viral eating shows, some collecting tens of thousands of dollars in revenue.

So, what's the big deal you say? You order a large quantity of food, indulge in said food, film yourself completing this menial task, and upload to the internet for money and fame. On the outside, this may seem like a luxurious lifestyle, but behind the camera lens sits an individual battling their own demons and influencing the world of social media to partake in their harmful behaviors.

Mukbanger Livia Adams ("Alwayshungry" on YouTube) has opened up about her unhealthy relationship with food in the past, praising herself for fasting several hours in order to justify her over-indulgence on camera.

Similarly, internet sensation Trisha Paytas claims to diet and starve herself for weeks just to be able to satisfy her subscribers with epic mukbangs, which are essentially binges.

In all actuality, these social media celebrities are negatively impacting (and possibly triggering) vulnerable viewers.

Many fans only see the highlight reel of YouTubers shoveling bowls of cereal or boxes of doughnuts into their mouths, yet remain completely unaware of what truly goes on behind-the-scenes. Messages saying:

"I'm on a diet... watching this is giving me some sort of satisfaction, like as tho I ate, you know?"
"I watch these videos because I know I physically can't afford to eat like this because I gain weight too easily."
"When having an eating disorder, watching Trisha's mukbangs is sorta comforting in a way omg"

flood the comments sections of Paytas' videos. Quite obviously, fans young and old are heavily influenced by this content and continue to support these creators to fulfill a self-destructive need.

Additionally, famous mukbang accounts never seem to include the painful after-effects of their ginormous feasts in videos. Fitness model Stephanie Buttermore flaunts her slim physique just days after consuming over 10,000 calories for a challenge, giving the impression that her previous overindulgence had no repercussions on her health whatsoever. Because Buttermore is a trained, athletic young woman, she was able to quickly bounce back after a series of workouts and low-calorie meals.

On the contrary, if a sedentary woman of about the same age were to attempt this challenge, she would most likely feel sluggish, irritable, bloated, stomach discomfort, and even vomitous post challenge. Eating regularly like this could lead to bigger issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, because topics like these aren't glamorous and attractive to subscribers, mukbangers often edit them out.

Now don't get me wrong. Though not everyone who uploads a mukbang to the internet has an eating disorder or an evil agenda, they have to realize the kind of audience they're appealing to. This generation is more susceptible than ever to emulate the actions and words of their favorite celebrities. Young boys and girls look up to successful adults, and influencers should be remembered for the change they inspired, not the disease they encouraged.

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25 Common Courtesy Things Every Fast Food Customer Should Follow, But Barely Anyone Does

I may have a smile on my face, but chance are I just dealt with someone who wore my patience thin.

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From the time we are children, most of us learn that we need to be on our best behavior when we get the privilege to go out to a restaurant to eat. However, after working in a fast food setting in high school and with my current job at a Sbarro at the HUB (basically like a food court on campus), I have noticed so many things inconsiderate things that many people regularly do. It seems like, for whatever reason, people suddenly forget their polite behavior when they go to a fast food restaurant as if those places and their workers do not deserve respect.

Here are 25 common courteous things everyone should follow while at fast food restaurants even though rarely anybody does:

1. Do not dump liquids/throw full cups in the trash.

Not only does liquid make garbage bags so much heavier, but it also increases the chances of the bag leaking which means workers now need to mop and fish gross soda-soaked wrappers out of the bottom of the can.

2. Throw your trash away.

This is not a sit-down restaurant where there are busboys hired to clear off every table. It is incredibly rude to make someone else clean up your unnecessary trash. It also makes other customers refrain from using that table for fear someone is still sitting there. We are workers, not your mothers who pick up after you. Respect your surroundings. (Sidenote: I did not even have to pose this article's header photo, I just took a picture of someone else's mess that I was left to clean)

3. Realize that the workers do not make the prices. 

Don't get mad at me for the company's prices. There are standards set by the larger corporation and complaining won't allow you to pay any less. Plus, if you don't like the prices, the workers probably don't either.

4. Telling me to "check in the back" is going to do literally nothing.

If I tell you we don't have something, we do not have it. Chances are that you are not the only one asking about it, and I have already looked multiple times.

5. If a worker asks you to give them a second before you place your order, do not start placing your order.

We understand that your goal is to get in and out as quickly as possible, but I would not ask you to wait if there was not a reason. It will take less than 30 seconds for me to turn around and throw a pizza in the oven, and it will only take longer for you if you interrupt me then have to wait for said pizza to heat up anyways.

6. Do not tear up straw wrappers and napkins and leave them on the table, floor, etc.

This is so unnecessary and very annoying to clean.

7. If you spill something, either clean it up or let a worker know.

Accidents happen, and we won't be mad if something spills. We will be mad if you don't do anything about it, making the mess worse and creating a hazard for us and other patrons.

8. When I say your food will be out in the next few minutes, don't get huffy. 

Do you want me to serve you cold food? Didn't think so.

9. Don't stay past closing time. 

I understand that you are studying, doing work, or socializing, but we have a closing time for a reason. Some workers don't get to leave until the dining room is clean, and you are prohibiting that. We also want time to study, do work, socialize, or whatever it is that you were doing too.

10. If workers tell you that you can stay an extra few minutes, appreciate that.

I am interrupting my cleaning routine so that you can have a few minutes to finish what you're doing and get your stuff together. I don't have to allow you to stay, so it's irrational for you to get angry when I start sweeping and wiping off tables near yours.

11. If a garbage can has a tray over it or says not to use it, don't move the tray or sign and put your trash in it. 

There are so many trash cans in the establishment, so you don't need to use that one that says not to. If even one person throws food into a closed trash can, the entire bag needs to be thrown away, which is both time consuming and wasteful.

12. "Give me [insert order here]" is not the best way to order.

Frankly, this is just flat out rude. Plus, we might not have what you want me to give you, so maybe use your manners.

13. Don't talk to workers like they are dumb.

Yes, I work in a fast food restaurant/food court type place. No, that does not mean that I am unable to comprehend what you are saying.

14. Keep an eye on your kids. 

In no circumstance is it cool for you to allow your kids to run around unsupervised no matter the status of the restaurant.

15. If you do not know what you want, allow others to go in front of you. 

People are here to get their food fast, and when you hold up the line, it not only irritates other customers, but it also makes it more difficult for the workers who now are going to have a rush of orders.

16. If you move chairs around, put them back. 

Clearly, four chairs do not belong at the end of a booth table. You moved those chairs, so put them back. Not only is this an added step for workers, but it acts as a hazard and inconvenience to other diners.

17. Don't put your gum under the table. 

Do you want to stick your hand in someone else's gum? No. So imagine having the clean wads of gum from under a room full of tables.

18. If you are pointing at the food you want, chances are I cannot tell exactly what you are pointing at. 

Unless you have a legitimate reason for not being able to speak, don't point without saying something. Many people find it rude, and it is also super inconvenient because the worker has to name everything in the near vicinity of where you are pointing so they can give you the correct order.

19. If the restaurant differentiates orders by numbers, know your number. 

As if it's not vocally straining enough calling out numbers all day, it's worse when workers need to call out an order number multiple times.

20. When a worker is helping someone else, don't interrupt and demand their attention. 

There have been so many times where I have been in the middle of serving someone and another person steps in front of them to get me to acknowledge them. This not only is annoying to the worker but is so rude to the other customer. If I have someone else's food in my hand and am literally in the process of asking them how much sauce they want on their pasta, what makes you think that I am free to wait on you and avert my attention from the person who was there first?

21. Don't tell a worker they look tired.

Yes, I look tired. Want to know why? I probably am. Everyone has their own lives and their own struggles. I am currently taking 21 credits, have two internships, am working at least 13 hours a week, doing homework, studying, and still attempting to maintain a social life. I think that would tire anyone out.

22. Get off your phone before you go to the counter.

Nothing is more aggravating than when I have to try to differentiate when someone is talking to me or when they are on the phone, especially with wireless headphones now. Also, it is totally absurd for ME to feel rude when i have to interrupt your phone conversation in order to ask you a question about your order.

23. Realize that the restaurant does get busy and it's impossible for the dining room to be spotless at all times.

If you are coming in at prime lunch or dinner times, there will be a rush and workers are focused on getting the diners in and out as quickly as possible. This creates less time for attention to be on the dining room, causing it to get a little disorderly. However, after the rush subsides, the dining room will be attended to. Also, people who don't have common courtesy make keeping the dining room clean a lot more difficult and time consuming than it should be.

24. If chairs are up on the table, don't try to sit in that part of the dining room.

This probably means that that area has just been cleaned or is closed. Either way, that causes a safety hazard for you, while also making the worker go back and clean something that they had already had done.

25. Do not decide that it is best to catch up on your personal hygiene at a restaurant. 

I wish I could say that I haven't seen this, but I definitely have. There have been times where I had to sweep up (hopefully) fingernail clippings. I also have seen people brushing their hair near other customer's food. This is absolutely disgusting, and I wish that I did no have to say this, but please just don't do it. Use your best judgment, and if you would be grossed out by someone else doing it, then please just don't.

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