Freddy Krueger did wear a chef's hat in one of his many incarnations, and now we might know which kitchen he was cooking in, as Burger King proudly presents this year's Halloween burger: the Nightmare King. And this time, they don't just mean the waking nightmare of having the dye from a bun noticeably, ahem, come out the other end.Â The gimmick here is that Burger King claims this order will induce actual bad dreams.
As announced in the New York Daily News, Burger King actually claims to have conducted a study with a company calledÂ Florida Sleep & Neuro Diagnostic Services, Inc., to see what happened when subjects ate the burger before bed.
â€œAccording to previous studies, 4 percent of the population experiences nightmares in any given night,â€ Dr. Jose Gabriel Medina, a somnologist (sleep disorder specialist) and the studyâ€™s lead doctor, said in a statement. â€œBut, after eating the Nightmare King, the data obtained from the study indicated that the incidence of nightmares increased by 3.5 times.â€
Medina attributes the effect to a combination of proteins and cheese, but needless to say, it's possible that any burger eaten before bedtime could have similar effects. (There are a lot of different theories on which kinds of foods contribute to bad dreams, or if eating anything just before bed would do the trick.)Â Given that the sandwich consists of a fried chicken patty on top of a bacon cheeseburger, odds of it giving dietitians waking nightmares are exceedingly high. It goes on sale starting October 22.Are you willing to see what dreams may come from this spooky concoction? Have it your way in comments below!
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