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The Left-Handed Whopper -- April Fool's Day, 1998
Burger King published a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing the introduction of a new item to their menu: a "Left-Handed Whopper" specially designed for the 32 million left-handed Americans. According to the advertisement, the new whopper included the same ingredients as the original Whopper (lettuce, tomato, hamburger patty, etc.). However, the left-handed whopper had "all condiments rotated 180 degrees, thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger."

Jim Watkins, senior vice president for marketing at Burger King, was quoted as saying that the new sandwich was the "ultimate 'HAVE IT YOUR WAY' for our left-handed customers." The advertisement then noted that the left-handed Whopper would initially only be available in the United States, but that the company was "considering plans to roll it out to other countries with large left-handed populations." The following day Burger King issued a follow-up release revealing that although the Left-Handed Whopper was a hoax, thousands of customers had gone into restaurants to request the new sandwich. Simultaneously, according to the press release, "many others requested their own 'right handed' version."

Note from Curator: I've tried repeatedly to obtain a copy of the actual "left-handed whopper" ad that ran in USA Today back in 1998, but I've had no success. I've contacted both Burger King and their PR firm, but have never received a response. Nor have I been able to track down a copy of the April 1, 1998 edition of USA Today. The paper's online archive contains the text of its articles, but none of the ads. So if anyone reading this happens to have a copy of the ad, I'd love to get a scan of it that I could post here.


Left-Handed Whopper Haiku (submitted by Hoax Museum readers)
Burger King retracts
And makes a startling new claim:
Whopper is ambidextrous!
(by Paul)

Turning and turning
toward a widening mouth, a
left-handed whopper!
(by Alex)
Left handed whopper

A normal one just turned round

Fools America
(by J)
I could have saved them a lot of money!
All they had to do mas make an ambidextrous whopper. That way they would only have to rotate the condiments 90 degrees not 180 degrees. This would save a lot of time!!! };~)
Posted by Rick Lines  in  Wilkes Barre, Pa., USA  on  Sun Mar 28, 2004  at  10:22 PM
LOL, great thinking Rick!

The Left-Handed Whopper is a great joke too. Reminds me of the Ren Faire I used to go to in Mass, there was a store that sold (every year) Right handed mugs and Left handed mugs, right-handed on the right side of the store and left-handed on the left. Until I actually stopped and looked at the things (to see that it was simply which way the cup handle was pointed) I totally thought that was a cute idea.
Posted by Jennifer  on  Thu Apr 01, 2004  at  12:39 PM
omg this is the funnest think ive heard
tis great
im lovin it
Posted by derek  in  john town  on  Thu Apr 01, 2004  at  02:34 PM
derek wrote "im lovin it", possibly without realizing that it's the current slogan of BK's biggest competitor, McD's. Now *that's* funny!
Posted by Bob  on  Sun May 09, 2004  at  04:15 AM
What I find funniest is that of everything I'm reading on this site, this is the one (so far) that I think I remember seeing.

I believe I was sitting in an airport, killing time reading the paper, and thinking to myself, "What in the world kind of nonsense is this," not realizing it was 1 April.
Posted by Bryan  in  Leavenworth, Kansas  on  Tue Apr 05, 2005  at  04:17 PM
The left handed burgers taste better too!
Posted by Kae Web  on  Sat Mar 25, 2006  at  07:10 PM
I really have to ask if anyone who fell for that was asking themselves "does it really matter?" Round, square, triangle, whatever... Perhaps it only applied to asymetrical burgers.
Posted by bob  on  Sun Apr 02, 2006  at  07:56 AM
This was run in Kenya a number of years ago, was really funny especially with pictures at the front page of the paper.
Posted by Steve Thuo  in  Canada  on  Mon Apr 03, 2006  at  11:29 AM
Well Jennifer, I hate to be the one to inform you of this, but there actually are such things as right-handed and left handed mugs, and pens. Things righties don't notice, but be being a left I do end up noticing, most of the time it is simply do to if you can recieve all the perks of the product by using your left hand, things such as images drawn on the inside side of the mug that you cann't see when drinking with your left hand, or words written on pens which are upside down to left-handed writers, and drink holders on the wrong side. Ohh yes it is a true bias, but I do also find this left-handed burger idea brilliant.
Posted by Megan  in  Canada  on  Wed Nov 15, 2006  at  05:15 PM
But it doesn't matter, because it takes two hands to handle a whopper!
I guess no one remembers that slogan.
Posted by Mike  on  Thu Mar 29, 2007  at  09:47 PM
LMAO I remember my dad actually telling me about this back when I was a little kid. Proud to be a lefty!

*orders one*
Posted by Jon  in  Orange County, CA  on  Tue Apr 01, 2008  at  03:37 AM
Only in America. Are they putting stupidity genes in the food over there or something?!?
Posted by Jacob  in  UK  on  Tue Apr 01, 2008  at  01:16 PM
You are right Jacob, only in America. BTW, do you know where I can get a spaghetti tree?
Posted by Joe  in  US  on  Tue Apr 01, 2008  at  02:39 PM
Hehe! I'm left handed and I would be very confused with a left handed whopper. I'm 10 so I would be very curious and confused. LOL! Great joke Buger King!
P.S. *whispers to Burger King* I love you! :D
Posted by Tamera  in  a Place in space  on  Tue Apr 01, 2008  at  11:36 PM
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