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mysterious quantity of fries

July 13, 2009
I guess that would be Heukuppe.

I guess that would be Heukuppe.

This charming homespun notice can be found in the window of Harriet’s Kitchen on the Upper West Side of NYC. It boasts that not only is Harriet’s the purveyor of “maybe” the “best effing burger in New York”, but that said burger is companied by no less than a “small Alp” of fries.

Assuming this sign’s author is referring to an Alpine peak, those fries are copious indeed. Even the smallest among them (Heukuppe, located in Austria) boasts an elevation of 2,007 meters. This sign, however, doesn’t refer to the smallest Alp, but merely to a small Alp, meaning that these french fries, heaped together, could reach an elevation of 3,002 meters (the height of Catinaccio/Rosengarten of Italy) or more!

Exactly how many fries constitutes a small Alp? There are so many questions to consider. Is the side-order in question comprised of steak fries, which can reach almost an inch in width, or the much skinnier but often longer shoestring variety to which your Intrepid Detective is partial? Does Harriet promise a potato pile to match the square footage (or meter-age) of a particular Alp, or merely its height?

Mystery + Topography + Snacks.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Tina permalink
    July 14, 2009 6:35 am

    Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

    I myself have been trying to solve the mystery of this legend for a while now. Could not understand much though.

    Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

    By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similar topics

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