According to ABC7, a prank caller told a Burger King in Coon Rapids, Minnesota that they were from the fire department and that the employees needed to break all the windows to release "pressure" before the building exploded.
As October's shadow loomed long on September, we knew Burger King would bring a black-bunned burger to celebrate the creepy season.
What we didn't know is that eating the thing would turn your poop a vibrant, verdant, lustrous green. Careful there, that link shows actual human waste.
Furthermore, we didn't know why. We only had to hold ourselves against the dark ignorance that blanketed us.
People had lots of speculation, from A-1 sauce to demonic leprechauns, but it was Gizmodo that ultimately revealed the truth.
But while the poop is indisputably green, the dye causing it might not be. The dyes that make the bun black are a combination of Yellow #6, Red #40, Caramel Color, and Blue #1. Blue #1 is also known as Brilliant Blue FCF. Brilliant Blue doesn't absorb well in the intestines, so it often comes out in the poop—it just doesn't come out blue. The internet is full of concerned parents talking about giving their kids a purple drink or smoothie (made with red and blue food coloring) only to change green diapers or find green stains on underwear. Brilliant blue is often combined with tartrazine, a yellow food dye, to make green dye. A site called The Poop Report claims that blue food dye (Blue #5 this time) combines with bile to make poop green, although bile by itself can turn poop green.
In the end, the green product of the black burger is probably the result of blue food coloring. The good news is that it's coming out of you because it's not getting absorbed into your body.
Now we can sleep soundly and try to eat stuff that's not cosmetically dyed to celebrate a time of year.
Things might look bleak for Burger King come Halloween.
That is to say, they are possibly bringing a black-bunned burger to the states for October's celebration of all things spooky.
This is according to a Reddit post by well-named user bkleaks in which the tipster relays the information discovered looking over a new internal training site.
The leak discovered pictures and details about how to make something called the "'HA.1.LOWEEN' Whopper".
Of course, this is all very reminiscent of the black burger that Burger King sold last year in Japan.
In that case, the bun and cheese were dyed black with squid ink and most reviews said it didn't really change the flavor too much.
But, it still looks nasty.
Would you eat one?
Burger King Delivers of the Day: Because America is clearly not get fat fast enough, Burger King has begun testing home delivery at a handful of restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area.
The success of the program will eventually lead to a nationwide rollout.
A few restrictions apply: Customers must live within a 10-minut
Burger Chain Beef of the Day: McDonald's agreed to stop airing the above ad in Germany after Burger King released a statement saying its fast food rival has "broken the rules of comparative advertising by degrading the Burger King brand."
Translation: "Your ad is memorable and makes us look bad and we're not smart enough to come up with a clever retort so quit it you big