20 Signs of the Decline of Civilization

Take a gander at the most absurdly over-the-top food and drink in recent history and ask yourself, "Is this the beginning of the end?"

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  • The Fleurburger 5000. Hubert Keller's Vegas restaurant Fleur serves a Wagyu beef patty, foie gras, shaved black truffles, and truffle sauce on a brioche truffle bun. The burger comes with a price tag of $5000, which includes a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus. Take that Henry XIII. (Photo:
  • The Bloody Masterpiece at Sobelman's in Milwaukee. This bloody mary features 13 garnishes: brussel sprouts, celery, onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, lemons, pickles, shrimp, sausage, cheese, olives, green onion, asparagus and a bacon cheeseburger slider. It's served with a beer back you you can wash down all the shit you've just ingested. (Photo:
  • Oki-Dog. L.A.'s infamous Oki Dog consists of a large flour tortilla wrapped around two grilled hot dogs,  pastrami, chili, and cheese. 'Nuff said. (Photo:
  • The Garbage Plate at Nick Tahou Hots. This Upstate NY specialty is a pile of home fries, macaroni salad, two cheeseburgers, Dijon sauce, onion, and spicy chili. Obviously, this is meant to be consumed when you’re really, really tanked. But it's ridiculous nonetheless. (Photo:
  • Fried Cheese Melt at Denny's. You can purchase this grilled cheese sandwich, casually stuffed with deep fried mozzarella sticks, for a mere $4. Gluttony at its finest. (Photo:
  • KFC Double Down. This breadless mass of bacon, cheese, and gooey sauce mashed between two slabs of fried chicken may as well be propaganda for a pro-diabetes campaign. (Photo:
  • The Deep-Fried Burger at Korzo Haus. The fried burger at this Eastern European restaurant in NYC started off as a special, but since customers kept asking for it, they made it a permanent part of the menu. (Photo:
  • Hershey's Chocolate Dunkers at Pizza Hut. Some mad fast food scientist decided to combine a chocolate bar and the chain's signature breadsticks. They're still available at Pizza Huts nationwide. (Photo:
  • Fowl de Cochon (Pig Truducken). This meat mound is comprised of a boneless pig stuffed with a Turducken (turkey, duck, chicken, Cajun sausage) and loads of cornbread dressing. (Photo:
  • The Great Pyramid of Ice Cream at Cabot's. This mega sundae at Cabot's in Newton, MA, sits in a bowl almost two feet in diameter, and it includes 60 pints of ice cream with 12 quarts of toppings. You decide if you want your friends to help you finish it. (Photo:
  • The Bacon-Donut Burger (Luther Burger). This is a hamburger or cheeseburger with one or more glazed doughnuts in place of the bun. These sandwiches tend to run between approximately 800 and 1,500 calories, because you need to fulfill your daily caloric needs in one sitting. (Photo:
  • The 16-ounce Kobe Meatball at Lavo.  Mooks go to Lavo to eat these enormous beef, pork, and veal meatballs on the reg. They wash them down with vodka sodas. (Photo:
  • Deep-Fried Bacon. You can find this artery-clogging abomination at Tavern at The Beach in San Diego. (Photo:
  • The Foie Gras Double Down at Joe Beef.  "We first did it as a joke," mylifeisfood.blogspot.com)
  • Slutty Brownies. Cookie dough covered with oreos covered with brownie batter and baked. planetbyn.com)
  • The Pizzabon from Cinnabon. This creation replaces the cinnamon with tomato sauce, the gooey glaze with cheese, and lines its rolls with pepperoni. As if a regular old slice of pizza wasn't enough. (Photo:
  • The 7-lb Breakfast Burrito at Jack-n-Grill. Jack-n-Grill offers free food for life to any woman who can finish their gargantuan breakfast burrito. Now that's motivation. (Photo:
  • Hot Beef Sundae. In 2006, this horrific bowl of mashed potatoes, roast beef, beef gravy, cheddar cheese, and tomato made its debut at the Iowa State Fair. Since its creation, America has never been the same. (Photo: NY Farm Show)
  • The Mo'betta at Shopsin's. Although it's delicious, this maple, bacon. and egg sandwich on mac and cheese pancakes isn't exactly going to do wonders for your cholesterol levels. (Photo:
  • The Pizookie at BJ's Restaurant & Brewery. This is a multi-flavored cookie, baked in a deep dish pizza pan, topped with a mountain of vanilla ice cream. If this doesn't give the entire U.S. type 1 diabetes, we're not sure what will. (Photo:

Throughout history, the wealthy have reveled in festive gluttony. The Romans were all about excess, serving guests whole boiled calves stuffed with pig and lamb. Henry VIII threw lavish parties with disturbing amounts of food, and King George IV once had a four-foot-tall Turkish mosque constructed entirely out of marzipan at a banquet where 127 dishes were served.

But gluttony is most definitely not a thing of the past—the only difference is, nowadays, decadence has trickled down to the masses, with disgustingly gluttonous dishes popping up on menus at four-star restaurants and fast-food chains alike. Creations like the Fleurburger 5000, the Oki-Dog, and the KFC Double Down may have made those ancient Romans blush.

Needless to say, we’re all for indulgence from time to time. But as the onslaught of fat-kid mashups and mook bait continues, it’s hard not to wonder if all this excess may eventually tear away at the very fabric of society.

Here, we take a look at the most disgustingly over-the-top food and drink in modern times. What do you think—is this evolution, or the beginning of the end?

  • http://awakencurioussocial.com/ Awaken Curious Social

    The end!!! Although extremely entertaining anyone who could physically ingest any of those… creations… is really just asking for indigestion… gross reflections of miseducation when it comes to taste and nutrition.

  • Bakkabak

    the hot beef sundae has nothing really disgusting though.

    putting them all on top of another? meh

    but beef with mashed potatoes and cheese is some pretty average shit.

  • MPaula Whelan

    I was at a restaurant today and at the end of the meal they brought the desert menu. One of the offerings was called a piescraper, based on an ice cream cake. Although we were told it needed to be shared, the manager told us that a man has come in several times and ordered it for himself with a beer. Apparently he cannot finish the desert but I really question a beer with ice cream.

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