Somehow this wasn’t a plot point in The Da Vinci Code…
So I read a story today about how Wendy’s had to debunk a theory that they had included a hidden message in their newest logo. This is that logo, released last year:
Crack conspiracy theorists (or perhaps conspiracy theorists on crack) claimed that Wendy’s had nefariously buried the word “Mom” within the logo. As further proof, they cited the all-red version of that logo used on Wendy’s cups, where the ruse appears in clear detail as a mockery to those who would wish to enjoy a soda without maybe-sorta seeing the name of a family member:
As far as hidden messages go, it’s not exactly playing a Beatles song backwards to hear “Paul is dead.” This isn’t even on the level of that wang the Disney animators hid on the castle on the cover of The Little Mermaid. And if they did include “Mom” as a hidden message, what would be the point? As a subliminal message to guilt you into calling your mother? I’d be more worried about the hidden horse meat in my bacon cheeseburger.
The sad part about all of this is how these conspiracy theorists focused on this fake Wendy’s message but missed the messages hidden in lots of other restaurant logos. Had they delved a little deeper, they would’ve uncovered all sorts of secrets:
- If you squint just enough, you’ll see the phrase “The C stands for chipmunk” on the KFC logo.
- If you look up at the Big Boy logo, you’ll find out that he’s really a woman.
- If you place them under a blacklight, you’ll see the phrase “No Puerto Ricans, either” on all of Paula Deen’s restaurant’s logos.
- If you stare into his creepy serial-killer eyes long enough, the King from Burger King will show you exactly how you’re going to die.
- If you spill just the right amount of soy sauce on it, you can see a man having sex with a panda bear on the Panda Express logo.
- If you turn it upside down, you’ll see the phrase “The real Jared is actually Honey Boo Boo’s mom in drag” on the Subway logo.
- If you hold it up to a solar eclipse, the Taco Bell logo reveals a map leading to the hidden location of Montezuma’s Gold. But adventurers may only enter the temple if they can defeat the Chupacabra and then answer the wise wizard’s riddle: “¿Dónde está la biblioteca?”
- Surprisingly, if you lean your head to the right just a little, you can see two gay men enjoying a nice trip out to Pottery Barn on the Chik-fil-A logo.