25,000 Big Macs

When you hear that the San Francisco Chronicle is running an AP piece about a man in Wisconsin who recently consumed his 25,000th Big Mac, what assumptions do you make about the tone and angle of the story? Me too! Turns out, we're both wrong.

This is just a charming little biography about an obsessive prison guard who really, really likes Big Macs. As in, he can name the EIGHT DAYS in the last 39 years on which he didn't eat one. And most days he eats two or more.
Gorske, who appeared in the 2004 documentary "Super Size Me," which examined the fast food industry, looks nothing like one might expect of a fast food junkie. He's trim and walks regularly for exercise, and he attributes his build to being "hyperactive." He said he was recently given a clean bill of health and that his cholesterol is low.
I didn't see Supersize Me, but as I understand it the gist was: if you let a company sell you everything they want to sell you, and you return to their store three times a day for a month, you are probably not going to like the results. This story seems like a nice counterpoint to that narrative: if you retain your dignity and exercise good judgement, you can do some seemingly crazy things and still lead a healthy, normal life.