The Whopper Turns 55: Five Outrageous Moments in BK History

It's hard to believe that the Whopper, Burger King's gigantic meat sandwich, turns 55 in December.

The sandwich made its debut back in 1957 with the same beef patty, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions, mayo and ketchup that the classic edition features today The only change was the addition of sesame seeds to the bun back in the '70s.

To celebrate the occasion, Burger King is offering a second Whopper for 55 cents when one is purchased at regular price, along with retro packaging and some new limited edition items like the Wisconsin white cheddar Whopper and the angry Whopper, habanero cheese and jalapenos. The offer runs today through Sunday, December 9 and no coupon is necessary.

We figured the Whopper needed a much better celebration, so we've put together 5.5 of the most ridiculous moments in Whopper history. Hey Burger King -- happy birthday!

5.5. Burger King Bacon Whopper in Japan
Last year, Burger King restaurants in Japan offered a promotion where you can add 15 strips of bacon to your Whopper for an extra 100 yen (about $1.23). Some genius figured if 15 bacon strips are good, 1,050 bacon strips are awesome (and a trip to the Emergency Room). The video of someone attempting to eat this meat bomb went viral (natch).

5. Whopper Virgins

Whopper Virgins is a seven-minute long documentary in which people from Thailand, Greenland, and Romania were given American Whoppers and Big Macs for the first time. Our favorite response? "I like seal meat better." Doesn't say much for our great American palate, does it?

4. Whopper Freakout
On November 2, 2007, Burger King tried an experiment in weirdness. They decided to tell their customer base that they had discontinued the Whopper. Then they filmed the freakouts. We especially liked the guy who said, "What are you going to call it now? Home of the whatever we got?" Dubious value to a company who's motto is "have it your way", isn't it?

3. Spongebob And the King Like Square Butts
That creepy Burger King infiltrates on the land of kiddie cartoons with this I Like Square Butts video. This mess features girls in schoolboy outfits shaking their phone books-shaped asses while the King goes Gangsta. Add some creepy dudes in costume ogling the dancers. We never knew a sponge could blush.

2. The Texican Whopper
This commercial from 2009, depicting a tall cowboy rooming with a short Mexican wrestler was pulled almost immediately. According to Ad Age, the complaint was lodged by a Mexican Diplomat, who called it "offensive to Mexicans and damaging to the country's image."

1. Windows 7 Whopper
As part of a marketing co-op with Microsoft's Japan launch of Windows 7, Burger King introduced the Windows 7 Whopper, which featured seven beef patties on a sesame seed bun. Weighing in at 1.7 pounds of meat, this ginormous limited-edition sandwich sold for 777 yen (about nine bucks) and contained 2,120 calories. Like Godzilla, this is one Japanese import we'd hurl nuclear bombs at before it hit our shores.

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