Fast Friday: McWhoppers, Furbabies & the Return of Smelly Cat

Pulse Fast Friday is a feature of commentary from the week that was. We scour the digital world to show you the things that caught our eyes recently on the web; trending topics you may have missed, the hottest gadgets, new apps and more. What’s recently caught your eye? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Ending the Beef?

Burger King and McDonald’s…working together? Stop the presses and shut the front door. When it comes to getting burgers, fried chicken and fries in a New York minute, nobody dukes it out like Burger King and McDonald’s, but on Wednesday, Burger King took out full-page ads in The New York Times and Chicago Tribune suggesting the two sides join forces to create the ultimate calorie bomb, the McWhopper. Here’s the skinny (well, maybe not skinny): The two fast food giants would operate as one restaurant for a day and sell a hybrid of the Big Mac and Whopper, the signature burgers of McDonald’s and Burger King. Proceeds would go to Peace One Day, a nonprofit group that aims to raise awareness of the International Day of Peace. Unfortunately, McDonald’s isn’t biting on the whole McWhopper idea, but CEO Steve Easterbrook didn’t rule out a collaboration with rival Burger King in a reply on Facebook, saying, “We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference.” Fine, McDonald’s. Have it your way.


credit: elisha minnette photography

credit: elisha minnette photography

It’s hard not to think of our dogs like kids. That face, those eyes, the way she crawls into your lap after you’ve had a long day. Matt Kay and Abby Lee, an Australian couple tired of being asked when they were going to have children, took that to an aww-inducing new level by having a newborn photo shoot with their goldendoodle (golden retriever and poodle) puppy, Humphrey. The photos of the equally adorable Aussies pushing their little bundle of joy in a baby carriage and teaching him how to walk like a human newborn went viral when photographer Elisha Minnette posted them to her Facebook page. Kay and Lee pretty much came up with the best way to get nagging relatives off their backs ever.

Smelly Cat

Taylor Swift has shared the stage with everyone from Alanis Morissette to Kobe Bryant during the Los Angeles leg of her 1989 tour. On Wednesday, she shared it with a real up-and-comer, one who has only played in coffee houses, Phoebe Buffay. Yes, Phoebe Buffay AKA Lisa Kudrow from one of your all-time favorite TV shows Friends. Swift introduced Buffay/Kudrow and the two sang a duet of Buffay’s most famous track Smelly Cat, giving fans of the mega-hit sitcom a dose of nostalgia.  

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in season cooking peaches

image: spuntino wine bar

August is National Peach Month. Whip up this delicious recipe from Chef Ryan Keough of Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. All the info is on the Long Island Pulse Pinterest page.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.