Saturday, October 18, 2008

From the "How do you say, 'Eat THAT, Jared from Subway!" in Farsi?" Files

Perhaps you've heard about the attempt by chefs in Tehran to get into the Guinness Book of World Records by making the world's longest ostrich sub sandwich? No? Well here it is in case you missed it, courtesy of the BBC:

Cooks in Iran have tried to assemble the world's largest ostrich sandwich at a food festival in Tehran, as part of a bid to promote healthy eating.

The organisers want to promote Iran's fledgling ostrich farming business.

About 1,500 cooks used 1,000kg (2,200lbs) of ostrich meat to make the 1,500m (4,920ft) long sandwich.

The organisers hope those world-beating dimensions will be enough to earn a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest ostrich sandwich ever.

It took two days to prepare the sandwich, and a huge measuring tape ran the length of the table on which it was sitting.

And so on. It's much healthier than the lamb and beef riddled diet that is so common in Iran, since ostrich is leaner than either of those meats, and apparently even healthier than chicken. I had a very gamey ostrich burger at a diner rest stop outside of Cabazon, California, once. But I'm willing to give it a try. Apparently so were the onlookers, who almost devoured it too quickly for Guinness officials to even take it all in. But the video of the event was used as proof, so Guinness accepted it. Guess it's good they didn't have their heads in the sand over that one!