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Burgers battle for buyers
■ McDonald’s and Burger
King try to outdo each
other in size and price.
By Gerry Beltz
The “burger wars” continue.
Currently, the war is between
McDonald’s classic Big Mac and the
new Big King entry from Buiger King.
Both icons are battling for the top spot of
the patty pile.
Although it could be of mild interest
to compare just the two, I’ll throw in a
local favorite - Sam’s (2136 N. 48th St.)
and its Big Samson - just to keep things
It’s the Big Mac vs. the Big King vs.
the Big Samson.
A winner? A loser? What, are you
1 Suffice to say, this hype ain’t worth
(By the way, to have some actual dif
ferences to consider, I will be
grading not just the burgers in
question, but the meal
deals offered as well.)
As I said, the
of the three
Unfortunately for the golden arches, I
have to leave the Big Mac to the third
place. Small patties and a messy burger
(too much of the “special sauce”) were
the major downfalls, though having the
recyclable, folding box handy to dump
fries in is a major plus.
Second place was close, but eventu
ally the Big King did come out over the
Big Samson. True, the Samson is a local
favorite, but the Big King doesn’t have
the extraneous middle bun of the other
two sandwiches, thus producing a
much more solid, enjoyable buiger.
TOPPINGS: Fairly easy call, here.
McDonald’s is third because if you do a
“special order” on your sandwich at
McDonald’s, chances are you end up
waiting about five minutes.
BK takes the middle of this catego
ry; burgers can be made the way you
want, but the extra waiting time (if any)
Although the wait is similar at
Sam’s, it takes the top spot for having
pickles, onions and
tomer to pile on, plus the tomato is
included with the Big Samson’s myriad
MEAL DEAL: This was a tough
call all the way around, especially
because all three restaurants offered the
meal deal for the same price, $2.99.
Burger King and McDonald’s both
offered free refills on beverages, but
Sam’s offers onion rings in substitution
for fries at no additional cost. BK
charges 10 cents, and McDonald’s
doesn’t even HAVE onion rings!
Still, I’ll give first place to Burger
King (overall best deal), second to the
golden arches (classic orange drink,
best fries of the three) and third to Sam’s
(meal deal not always available and pop
refills aren’t free).
BURGER WARS II: THE
ARCHES STRIKE BACK
And how did McDonald’s respond
to this attack on its classic burger? It
struck back by taking a swipe at BK’s
signature burger - the Whopper - by
releasing the MegaMac, which is basi
cally a Big Mac on steroids.
There’s nothing really similar at
Sam’s, so it’s down to a two-way race: a
dash of cholesterol titans. Since the
MegaMac has two patties, it has drawn
the Double Whopper as its oppo
BURGER: The Double
Whopper had a much fresher taste to
it, but was messier than the
MeeaMac. And again, the fold
ing box brings McDonald’s up a
mm.ii, in this case to the top
spot over Burger King.
TOPPINGS: BK is a
solid winner here. Order as
you like it, and the tomatoes
a fresh, juicy taste to
McDonald’s wins this cate
gory by a mile. The
MegaMac meal deal is only
$3.29, while the Double
meaH deaHs 20 ^
more and doesn’t
offer cheese on the sand
wich, to boot!
To create the perfect
“Big Burger” meal
* deal from the above ■
selections, it would
require a Burger King
burger patty, toppings and
free onion ring sub
stitution from Sam’s
and the beverage from
Then again, for some
thing radically different,
you could eat something
Comedy script relates to present
rLAY from page 12
The frenzy increases when a
young gunman enters to kill Tarleton
for offenses he committed against the
Director Tice Miller said he chose
“Misalliance” for the season because
of its aptness to today’s audiences.
“It deals with the expectations of
young women in society,” Miller
explained. “Shaw wrote the play dur
ing the suffragette movement, but his
ideas are still relevant today. He con
trasts the ‘new woman,’ who went out
and got what she wanted, with the
‘womanly woman,’ who used her
charms to get what she wanted.”
The relationship between chil
dren and their parents also constitutes
a large part in the play.
John Snell, who plays Tarleton,
explained, “It shows that family val
ues are kind of relative. Families can
come in all different types.”
Eric Harrell, who plays Lord
Summerhays, said though Shaw had
a reputation for advancing his politics
through his plays, his characters still
represent modern audiences.
“All humans have a duality in
themselves. Like these characters.
... We should (read Shaw) as it relates to
contemporary life and not as if its a
they try to balance the facade and
correctness,” Harrell said. “I hope the
audiences see some of themselves in
the characters and are able to laugh at
In order to emphasize the moderni
ty of the play, Miller said he was will
ing to be more eclectic with this show.
He added that the technical aspects
of the show enhanced the overall tone.
“This is a comedy,” Miller said.
“It isn't dark and dreary. The sets and
costumes are very colorful and lend
to the brightness and lightness of the
For many of the actors,
“Misalliance” serves as an introduc
tion to performing Shaw.
“It’s been difficult adjusting to the
wordiness,” Snell commented. “You
have to craft (your delivery) in such a
way that people will want to listen.
Otherwise, you’re just bellowing, and
who wants to listen to that for 214
Miller said he hoped the show‘s
results invigorate the audiences and
kindle a desire to study Shaw.
“I hope the play proves that we
should read Shaw. We should study
Shaw,” Miller said. “But we should
do it as it relates to contemporary life
and not as if it’s a museum.”
Tickets to tonight’s student-only
preview performance are $5. All
other performances are $6 for stu
dents, $9 for UNL faculty, staff and
senior citizens and $10 for all others.
Call the Temple Theatre box office at
472-2073 for reservations.
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