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The millennials in this video are dubious about Chick-Fil-A
Maybe it was a case of overselling. After all, Chick-Fil-A fans are passionately rabid about their favorite fast-food sandwich, creating lines out the door to wait for a coveted space at the counter. So when Business Insider gathered up a bunch of millennials who hadn’t ever tasted Chick-Fil-A before for whatever reason (like they didn’t grow up in an area that had one, or they used to be vegetarian) to try that famous chicken sandwich for the first time, the tasters had high hopes. Maybe too high. While some appreciated the popular fast-food chicken chain’s signature sandwich and waffle fries, others were less than enthused, calling it “bland,” “very skimpy,” “a very sad chicken sandwich,” and saying “I was expecting to like it more.” The worst nonsensical comment is probably the girl who thinks the fries are a little “potato-y” for her. So it looks like the chain may not instantly sweep that dream millennial market, but that just means more room at the counter for die-hard Chick-Fil-A fans. [Gwen Ihnat]
I found Hanif Abdurraqib’s Buzzfeed essay about fasting during Ramadan quite beautiful, even if my only experience with religious “fasting” was not eating meat on Lenten Fridays as a kid. What I connected with best wasn’t just the spiritual questioning and inclination toward rituals, but his descriptions of hunger: “I view it as the need to fill a void, or the hollowing out of a space that understands itself only as a vessel for fullness. I am hungry for many things, and rarely do I consume things which satisfy that need.” Give it a read. [Kate Bernot]