American Restaurant Chain Ends Up Part Of Bizarre Conspiracy Theory
Everyone likes a good conspiracy theory. Like how the moon landings were faked in 1969 because of the shadow on the astronaut's left boot or something. Or the theory that Bruce Lee never died, and actually became a spy for the Chinese government despite then being the most famous Chinese person alive by a country mile. Or the time Leicester City won the EPL, which I still can't quite believe happened. Or the even more outrageous idea that someone wants to make a film about James Vardy.
But now a US fast food chain has seen itself the victim (and as you'll see, ultimately benefactor) of a conspiracy theory involving its outlets. Outback Steakhouse is just about everything you could imagine of an American eatery, with red-blooded steaks, big ass shrimp and an emphasis on using your hands. Part of their menu even says "No Fork Needed". Grandma Mac would be utterly appalled.
However, now the chain has found itself the victim of internet rumours, with one plucky Twitter user discovering (or creating) a link between the restaurants which seem to suggest they have been purposefully located to look like the sign of Satan.
Wtf is Outback Steakhouse planning pic.twitter.com/l1CSafkdOK
- balenci-who? aga ☭ (@eatmyaesthetics) July 27, 2017
After Twitter user @eatmyaesthetics asked: "WTF is Outback Steakhouse planning", other users pounced, and began rib-eyeing the piss out of the restaurant chain.
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The conspiracy theory's legs seem to run a little short quickly, after numerous Twitter users skipped various Outback Steakhouse outlets on maps to make sure they could still draw Satan's favourite pentagram shape and not miss out on all the Twitter-based action.
Fortunately, the restaurant itself was more than happy to join in on the fun (such funsters) and responded to the original question with a picture of an impressive amount of fried food.
When asked about what, if anything, they were planning, the restaurant replied in a statement: "'No plans. Other than to bring bold steaks and Bloomin' Onions to our guests!'"
The whole episode basically ended up giving the restaurant (known for its high levels of customer service, succulent steaks and eye-wateringly good chicken) more publicity than it could have hoped for on a Saturday evening.
Having now researched what a Bloomin Onion is, I have discovered that it's a fried onion cut to look like a flower and served as an appetiser. And that, my friends, is far more bonkers than any conspiracy cooked up in a lunatic's mad as a bag of onions mind. Would probably still eat it, though.
Words: Ronan O'Shea
Featured Image Credit: Outback Steakhouse/Twitter