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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Do You Know The Ingedients Of The Big Mac Better Than The Ten Commandments?

How well do you know the Ten Commandments? According to an October 4, 2007 article of the Catholic News Service survey, more than half of the participants could name the ingredients in a Big Mac, but less than half could recite the Ten Commandments.

From the article:

In truth, the Big Mac has advantages. There are only seven ingredients to remember, and they have a catchy jingle behind them. McDonald's Corp. has poured enough money into commercials that the decades-old jingle remains familiar today.

The survey of 1,000 Americans, by Kelton Research, was undertaken to help promote the new animated movie "The Ten Commandments," which will open on 700 screens nationwide Oct. 19. Voice talents featured in the movie include Ben Kingsley as the narrator, Christian Slater as Moses, Alfred Molina as Ramses and Elliott Gould as the voice of God.

The vast majority of those surveyed could easily name the primary ingredients in a Big Mac: two all-beef patties (80 percent), lettuce (76 percent), sesame-seed bun (75 percent), special sauce (66 percent), pickles (62 percent) and cheese (60 percent).

By comparison, "You shall not kill" was known to fewer than six in 10 respondents. Less than half (45 percent) could recall the commandment to "Honor your father and mother."

Even those who said they go to church at least once a week had trouble naming all of the commandments. Seventy percent recalled "You shall not kill" and 69 percent remembered "You shall not steal" but the Big Mac's all-beef patties and lettuce got more recognition from the survey group (79 and 76 percent, respectively).

I must confess than I too am guilty of knowing the Big Mac ingredients better than the Ten Commandments. Back in the 70's, McDonalds ran commercials offering free Big Macs to everyone that could name all of the ingredients in three seconds or less. Me and my friends practiced all the time.

Perhaps I should have paid more attention to my CCD studies and tried to go through all Ten Commandments in 10 seconds or less.

If you are like me an need a refresher, here are the Ten commandments given to Moses by God according to Exodus, Chapter 20:

- "I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me."

- "You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain."

- "Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day."

- "Honor your father and your mother."

- "You shall not kill."

- "You shall not commit adultery."

- "You shall not steal."

- "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."

- "You shall not covet your neighbor's house."

- "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass, or anything else that belongs to him."

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Survey: More Americans Know Big Mac Ingredients Than Ten Commandments
Mark Pattison
Catholic Online
October 4, 2007

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