Bitcoin

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Hey everybody!  We have a very special announcement this episode.  The Good Guys have released a Christmas Album!  The album goes live today anywhere you usually buy digital music.  Find us on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, or CDBaby.  The name of the album is “A Very G.G.T.K. Christmas”.  Enjoy!

Bitcoin is all over the news lately.  I decided to take a deep dive into what this thing is and try to figure out how it works.  Bitcoin is one of a handful of new (since 2008) cryptocurrencies.  These are digital currencies that are spent, controlled, produced, and validated using encrypted data methods to keep things secure and traceable.  Anyone in the world with a computer has access to these things, and vendors are starting to adopt them and accept them as form of payment as it becomes more popular.  The recent hype is mostly about the price fluctuation, Bitcoin is a currency, after all, and has a price strongly rooted in supply and demand.  Since the currency is newer, there is less volume of trading, so each transaction actually has an impact on the price, at least to a much larger degree than the US Dollar, for instance.

One of the more interesting aspects to the Bitcoin system is what is called mining.  As you may know, the amount of currency in a market can have some serious impact.  Without a central bank or authority to print money out of thin air, there has to be a way to allow more currency to be generated in a similar way to how hard currencies like gold and silver can be mined.  The mining process is where the math and computer science gets a bit out of control.  A proof-of-work system is set up within Bitcoin to allow people with some extra computing power to contribute to the Bitcoin network and validate transactions.  By cooperating and validating these transactions, people are rewarded with new Bitcoins, which can be a lucrative process if you are successful.

For the rest of us without an extra supercomputer sitting in the basement, Bitcoin is proving to be a fast and easy way to pay for goods and services, without having to send a cut to a middleman like a bank or clearinghouse.  Merchants need not send 8% of the sale to a credit card company as a processing fee.  The currency is decentralized and has very little overhead, so there is no need to pay exorbitant fees for any of the transactions.  To set up a digital bit coin wallet, and find an online exchange where you can trade your US Dollar, Euro, or whatever you’ve got in your bank account for Bitcoins, start at the Bitcoin website (http://bitcoin.org).

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Fast Food Secret Menus

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The Secret Menus of Fast Food Restaurants:

Many fast food restaurants have long histories of secret menus.  These menus are often reserved for regular customers who after months of devouring custom ordered food, finally have their unique orders accepted as part of a so-called secret menu.  Over the years, these secret menus start becoming not-so-secret to the point where the customer, and the experienced fast food employee, are ready these special off the menu items.

On our latest GGTK podcast, we explore the world of fast food secret menus. Thanks for listening!

In N Out:

Easily the most famous of the secret menu fast food establishments.  Much of In N Out’s fast food aura is owed to the fact that their normal menu is ridiculously simple.  There are 5 items on every In N Out menu:

  1.  Double-double
  2. Cheesburger
  3. Hamburger
  4. French Fries
  5. Shakes

 

However the number of items on the secret menu at In N Out far outweigh the number of items on their regular menu.  Here are some of their highlights:

–  Animal style: lettuce, tomato, a mustard-cooked beef patty, pickles, extra spread (it’s sort of Thousand-Islandy) and grilled onions. You can even get your fries Animal Style.

–  Protein Style is a burger wrapped in a lettuce leaf instead of a bun.

–  Grilled Cheese

–  And you can get just about any combo of meat and cheese that you want if you order it like you’re ordering lumber: 3×3 gets you three beef patties and three slices of cheese, 4×4 gets you four of each, and so on. It doesn’t stop there. Rumors of 100×100 have been spreading!

Check out the In N Out secret menu at: http://www.in-n-out.com/menu/not-so-secret-menu.aspx

McDonalds:

There is no way Ronald would allow his gourmet restaurant to be outplayed by any in regards to the secret menu. Here is a short compilations of secret menu items that you can order at McDonalds:

–  The All American: a plain hamburger with pickles and ketchup.  Totally classic in every way.  Make it an All American combo by adding small fries and a coke.

–  “Land, Sea and Air:” beef patty, chicken patty, and Filet O’ Fish in one sandwich, with tartar sauce

–  Monster Mac: 8 beef patties, cheese, special sauce, lettuce, pickles and onions.  220g of fat, 11,500 calories which equates to 3 days worth of fat for a grown man.

–  McLeprichon – This shake is only available in March and is composed of the shamrock shake mixed with the chocolate shake making a mint chocolate shake.

–  Pie McFlurry: Buy an apple pie and request for it be blended into your McFlurry

 

Chipotle:  This fast food chain is home to the most legendary of secret menu items: the quesarito.  Additionally, it might be the most accomodating in regards to creating your own secret menu.

–  They have a store policy that says that if they have the item available, they will make it for you.  This includes but is not limited to: nachos, quesadillas, taco salads, and single taco, even mini burritos made from soft taco shells.

–  Quesarito: this is a quesedilla/burrito hybrid.  They take a tortilla filled with melted cheese and then open it back up, stuff it full delicious buritto ingredients and roll it up just like a burrito.  Except there is delicious melted cheese all over.  The mythical quesarito is also reported to have over 1500 calories.

Read more about the Quesarito at: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671981/the-mystery-behind-chipotles-secret-1500-calorie-super-burrito

And to round out your wholesome meal, check out some of these other renegade items from secret menus:

 

Restaurant: Wendy’s

Order: The Grandslam

What is it? 4 patties stacked on a bun.  Also known as the Meat Cube.

Restaurant: Taco Bell

Order: secret green chili sauce

What is it? A remnant of times past, this is a simple green chili sauce that will do wonders for your taste buds at this often bland restaurant.

Restaurant: Chic-fil-A:

Order: Chicken quesedilla

What is it?  The restaurant combines it delicious chicken with tortillas from it’s wraps for a delicious concoction.  Warning: be careful when messing with perfection at as fast food restaurant that is leaps and bounds above it’s competitors.

 

The most important thing that everyone needs to remember about ordering items off of a restaurant’s secret menu is that the items may be so secretive that the innocent teen behind the counter may not even know what you are talking about.  The next most important thing is don’t give up.  Enlighten the youngster in hopes that fast food junkies that follow in your footsteps will be able to indulge in some of the greatest and most creative foods every created. Happy eating!

 

Have you tried ordering off of a secret menu?!?  Leave your experiences in the comments below.  Thanks for listening!