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Your Monday roundup of waffle news

Your Monday roundup of waffle news

Introducing a new daily feature here at Attytood. Missed this one yesterday:

Amid all of the ruckus on Black Friday one video that has caught the attention of the nation is one uploaded to Twitter.

The video shows dozens of people in a Walmart near Little Rock, Arkansas, fighting over a limited supply of a two-portion waffle maker.

The $2 version of the waffle maker is a machine that only produces two waffles at a time. Walmart has another 4-waffle version with a much higher price per waffle.

In the video, the fighting goes on for some time. The video was uploaded by a young woman named Ms. Clark. A search throughout her photos and profiles reveals she is from the Little Rock area.

I believe in American exceptionalism, so I believe that one day this nation will produce the first affordable 4-waffle machine.

In other waffle news, there's this:

I went especially for an item listed in their sale bill," said Toni of Norman, Okla. "The item was a Bella brand Belgian rotating waffle maker for 9.99.  When I went to pay for it they told me that this was 62.99." Toni said she showed the sale bill to the cashier "advertising this exact product word for word" but got nowhere.

And this:

Back at Wal-Mart at Northampton Crossings, you might have thought they were giving things away. The closest parking spot was a short cab ride away. Inside, it was mostly the worst of the worst. Crammed chaos is about the best description. I began by seeking out an item at the request of a family member, a waffle maker listed for the eye-popping price of $2.84. When I squeezed my way to an area I thought was correct, I asked a blue-vested employee if he might know the location of said waffle maker. The helpful gent began flipping through a wad of printouts, but a customer standing nowhere in particular shook his head. "They're gone, man," he said. "People were fighting over them." "I'm glad I missed that," I replied.

Maybe that explains this:

Even after the two suspects were arrested in August and detained in Shelby County, Ala., where they are awaiting trial, Waffle House has been linked to one bizarre story after another, raising the question: Does Waffle House attract more news than other establishments, or does news receive extra attention when it happens at Waffle House?

When four elderly men were arrested in northern Georgia this month on charges of planning terrorist attacks in Atlanta and along the East Coast, F.B.I. surveillance tapes revealed where they had met to hatch their plot — a Waffle House. Bloggers and television reporters quickly dubbed them the Waffle House Terrorists.

Last month, when a Florida state representative was ridiculed for proposing that death row inmates be killed by electrocution or firing squad, he said the idea had come from a constituent he met at — you guessed it — a Waffle House.

I'm sure there's some metaphor for the death of the American Dream and the human condition in all of this, but then it was Freud who said famously that sometimes a waffle is just a waffle. I do think America's love affair with waffles is very good news for Mitt Romney, though.

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