Pre-meal rituals have evolved over the years. In the past, most people said grace before tucking in. Nowadays, most people take a picture.
But if you upload a picture of your meal to social media and it looks like dog shit, then you're not going to elicit envy. More likely, you'll have a brutal trolling heading your way.
One Facebook user by the name of 'Carol C' found this out the hard way, after uploading a picture of a breakfast she had prepared to the page Rate My Plate (if you've never seen it before, it's basically exactly as it sounds - a forum for home cooking reviewing).
The breakfast in question was comprised of four eggs, a few stray strings of bacon and a big fat mound of beans.
Carol's breakfast got absolutely slated on Rate My Plate. Credit: Facebook
If you were a guest presented with this, it's odds-on you would struggle to remain courteous - but as we all know, on social media courtesy often goes out of the window. The picture has garnered 116,000 comments, and the following examples should give you an idea of the general tone:
"Looks like Carol made a perfectly good breakfast then just punched the fucked out of it for no reason."
"Did you get a pic before you dropped it, Carol?"
"Did Edward scissor hands make that?"
"How do u like ur eggs in the morning ? Not cooked by fucking carol thats for sure."
"Did you cook that bacon inbetween your bumcheeks Carol?"
"That's a nice looking meal apart from the bacon, eggs and beans."
Oh dear. But that really is just the tip of the iceberg. I mean, there's 116,000 comments on it, for fuck's sake. Here are a few more goldies:
"'How do you like your eggs, Poached, scrambled or fried?'... 'Yes please.'"
"Carol - cooking bacon helps it taste better."
"My son can cook better than that and he's still in my sack."
Poor Carol. But then again, she may have known what she was doing. There's a bit of a counter-culture emerging on Rate My Plate whereby people deliberately upload monstrous meals on the site and await the inevitable bashing.
The page has become a place for the public to vent; an online culinary punch bag. So really nobody loses (unless Carol is real and mortified, that is). Several people took the opportunity to express their gratitude in the comments:
One person said: "Respect to all the people who commented on this and made my fucking night tonight!! I couldn't stop laffin at some of them I was literally crying that is an absolutely great effort Lads and ladies! Love it!"
Another added: "Carol has had more of a grilling than the bacon love her."
No doubt Gordon Ramsay will be visiting the page soon to pick up some insult-based inspiration.
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