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Old 05-11-2004, 06:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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WTF is Grimace?

I was doing this AI thing called wumpus world and noticed that the wumpus (who is a fictional monster - i guess ) looked a bit like our good friend from McDonalds Grimace:

Not only does he/she/it have the unfortunate name of Grimace; which means a sharp contortion or expression on the face, to represent pain, disgust or contempt

But, he/she/it is a furry purple blob-like creature, not really representative of any McDonalds products?

Anyone have any theories on this one?

Help give Grimace an ideentity!
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Old 05-11-2004, 06:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Grimace is the evil cousin of the Barbapapas...

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Old 05-11-2004, 06:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What I want to know is what happened to the Hamburgler?

He used to freak me out as a kid... now he is a pansy...
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Old 05-11-2004, 06:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i love that series of books

edit: You'd think Hamburglar would promote theft and corporate ill-practice?
..but it is McDonals, i guess

btw he used to be pretty scary
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Old 05-11-2004, 07:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I still have a 20 something year old copy of my Barbapapas book. Good stuff. As for Grimace, who knows. A big purple gum drop maybe?
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Old 05-11-2004, 08:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What Grimace is...I do not know. He does, however, represent McDonald's milkshakes. Why...again, I do not know. Unless he is meant to serve as a harbinger of what you may become should you succumb to your basest of wants and have that...one...milkshake...too...many.

Yeah, Charlatan, I've wondered for a few years now, what happened to the "Hamburglar". It seems the the brass at McDonalds may have had concerns that he freaked too many kids, like you, out? Maybe not the best way to sell hamburgers, I dunno. I wasn't a marketing major, and they pay these guys substantialy more than me to figure this crap out.
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Old 05-11-2004, 08:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think he is one of Barney's turds.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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check this link for a more 'milkshake' like picture of grimace with six arms:

oh baby oh baby, i like gravy.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Bill O'Rights
What Grimace is...I do not know. He does, however, represent McDonald's milkshakes. Why...again, I do not know. Unless he is meant to serve as a harbinger of what you may become should you succumb to your basest of wants and have that...one...milkshake...too...many.
The way I see it, when you dispense a McDonalds milkshake into a cup, it hits the center of the cup on the bottom and starts to spread out. Just before the milkshake reaches the sides of the cup... that's Grimace.

grim·ace ( P ) Pronunciation Key (grms, gr-ms)

A sharp contortion of the face expressive of pain, contempt, or disgust.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:34 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hail Citizens!

rsl12 is on the right track.

In the 70's Grimace had more limbs and was considered "evil." He was after those tasty milk shakes. Specifically, he was after the new flavor "blueberry" shake that McDonalds was introducing. His name comes from the face you make when you drink a shake too fast. If your exclusive diet were McDonald's milkshakes, you too would look like Grimace. Over time he devolved into the bland, semi-retarded character that he is now.

Hope this helps someone, somewhere, somehow.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Charlatan
Grimace is the evil cousin of the Barbapapas...

That's great stuff, I'd forgotten all about it. "something something something, Barbatrick" I used to love those crazy barba's. Good stuff.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:53 AM   #12 (permalink)
I think he is a colon polop.
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Old 05-11-2004, 04:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hamburgler: THE TRUE STORY!

During the early 70's Hamburgler was the archetypal arch criminal we have all come to fearlove (new word purely for use in relation to gangsters and irate girlfriends). The Hamburgler formed the template for those who would follow: Joker, Shredder even Bill Gates adopted his ratlike features and disposition. The Hamburgler spent his time devising diabolical, yet deeply symbolic plots to liberate massive amounts of Cheeseburgers from his Arch-nemesis Rappin Ronny McDonny (As he was known at the time, during his successful career as a MC and amateur breakdancer in Queens). America during this period was a hotbed of cultural ferment and was undergoing what is now referred to in seedy bars as the 'Second Renaissance of Organised Crime'. Cocaine flooded in to the high-hungry disco swarms, Columbians and Cubans gunned each other down in the streets, Jimmy Conway orchestrated the greatest heist in Mafia history, people were overwhelmed by the loss of the Beatles and the arrival of Bee Gees. The law enforcement agencies were overwhelmed with paperwork as they attempted to launder the bribes that came in from all sides, apart from Dirty Harry who was slaughtering criminals indiscriminantly. In the meantime, with the media focussed almost exclusively on the coca business, the Hamburgler's operation grew with impunity in its tiny dark corner of America. The Cheeseburgers flowed thick and strong, Rappin Ronny's career took a nosedive after a very public and scandalous affair with the Early Bird. The Hamburgler robbed, assaulted and killed with virtual impunity, the ruthless and power crazed mastermind had respect for only one thing, Burgers. It is said that in 75' an underling questioned the longterm market value of Cheeseburgers, Hamburgler hacked his hand off and placed it in the solid gold deep fryer he kept in his lavish underground lair.
It was a heady time for America, and as the gigantic war on drugs unfolded, Hamburgler rode the cheesy wave to the top!
The 80's arrived in a storm of horrific fashion and Rambo films, and by now Hamburgler's power had begun to corrode the stoic street ethics that had taken him to the pinnacle of America's criminal world. During the height of his opulence, Hamburgler was snorting over three cheeseburgers a day along with a potentially deadly cocktail of fries, mustard and strawberry sundaes. The formerly gaunt chiselled features were lost under layers of chubby fat. His consuption of copious amounts of Cola saw the loss of one of his remaining two teeth. Once the reporters of America discovered cocaine to be a far superior drug to hard liquor the negative press about cocaine began to abate and Hamburgler was suddenly in the sights of a coke crazed journalistic community. Tales of Roman style orgies and bizarre Cheeseburger fuelled rituals began to surface in the media. The Hamburgler began to fear for his life as the elusive and never photographed 'Burger King' was alleged to have commissioned assassins to remove his great rival. More and more burgers were being funnelled into the bribery fund, and as the cops began to rediscover doughnuts more and more pressure from the law was brought to bear against the Hamburgler.
By the late 80's, Hamburgler's empire was teetering on the edge of collapse, the man himself harried by the media, the law and the ambitious elements of the underworld was on the brink of collapse. Everybody knew that Hamburgler was behind the series of muders that made McDonalds a no go zone on the east coast during 1982, the cops were simply waiting for a reason to arrest him...

In 1990, they pounced.
The Hamburgler's corpulent frame was hauled out of Bobby's Music by seven corpulent policement on June 8th. Hamburgler had attempted to purchase a highly illegal, but sought after bootleg of Vanilla Ice's 'Ice Ice Baby' from a contact inside the store. The contact turned out to be Agent Frank Duff of the FBI. Hamburgler's fingerprints revealed him to be the perpetrator of numerous crimes ranging from breaking and entering to murder one. It was the early nineties, and elderly judges irritated by the arrival of Milli Vanilli and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turned their displaced rage upon the Hamburgler, sentencing him to a life sentence with no parole. He was taken to Sing Sing immediately after sentencing.

Inside, the Hamburgler's world crumbled like so many stale McDonalds cookies. He became prey for so many of the predatory elements in the American prison system. Snatched up first by Christian evangelists, then Raelians in a string of exploitative relationships that slowly but surely destroyed what was left of his hope. Until he was taken in by a wise and benevolent drag queen known as 'Mercedes', who would later go on to fame and fortune as a guest on Jerry Springer. On a five year journey with his newfound benefactor, Hamburgler was forced to confront the sexual ambiguity which had plagued him since adolescence and finally to accept his homosexuality. Nobody would have thought anything of it, apart from the fact that Hamburgler also lost all criminal impulses. There have been many kickarse homosexuals in the past, but Hamburgler's newfound prediliction for leather chaps and hair products was intolerable for his cellmates.

Hamburgler was released after Bill Clinton pardoned him out of spite for George W. Bush in his last days as President.
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Old 05-11-2004, 04:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Mr_Meat
I think he is a colon polop.

Grimace is what's left behind after digestion of all those tasty McDonald's burgers and shakes.

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Old 05-11-2004, 09:38 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I thought he was a moldy Chicken McNugget.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I thought he was a moldy Chicken McNugget.

Nonsense! McNuggets are a relatively new invention in the pantheon of McFood (tm)
Some early McScholars believed that proto-nuggets were to be found in the lower strata of ancient McArchaeological sites, but DNA testing has clearly proven that they were merely overflow of the McOuthouse.

Obviously, Grimace predates the McNugget, but may in fact be linked to that same McOuthouse...

We report, you decide.
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Old 05-12-2004, 03:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Certainly the academic legitimacy of Date's historiographical framework is at least partially correct, and only somebody completely ignorant of the porous and often baffling nature of McHistory would attempt to deny that his claims are in fact very plausible. Let us not forget however, the work of Doctor Barnaby P. Smith, whose theorem of cross cultural pollination and the influence of the Fried Chicken franchise civilisation as early as 1952 could in fact explain how Grimace anticipated the coming of the McNugget with his form which as Smith put it 'is clearly indicitive of influence from attempts to break through the barriers of form and shape by archaic deepfrying artists of the late 50's.
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Old 05-14-2004, 07:23 AM   #19 (permalink)
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He is/was a guy in the tuba line when I played in the band.
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Old 05-14-2004, 10:10 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Old 05-14-2004, 02:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I thought Grimace was supposed to be a taste bud.
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Old 05-14-2004, 06:18 PM   #22 (permalink)
I guess I always thought he was a big stress relief blob. Thats probably why I used to constantly beat the hell out of him as a kid back at the McDonalds playplace.
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Old 05-15-2004, 12:42 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I thought Grimace was supposed to be a taste bud.

Yeah - that's what I heard too
Dunno about the sources though.
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Old 05-15-2004, 04:21 AM   #24 (permalink)
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i just found out that Grimace used to be a badass in McDonaldland in the same vein as Hamburglar... but where Hammy stole the burgers, Grimmy stole the milkshakes.
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Old 05-15-2004, 08:54 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I"ve always wondered what THE GRIMACE is also. Perhaps a horrible love child between Ronald and a chicken nugget?
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Old 05-18-2004, 02:05 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2004, 10:25 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I'd thought that Barney was Grimace's bastard half brother who was seriously put out that Grimace was chosen for the lucrative McD's contract to endorse milkshakes.
Barney was so pissed at the American people in general for choosing Grimace before himself that he established his own children's program where he has access to susceptible youngster that he could corrupt. Much like the premise to Nightmare on Elmstreet franchise but with a large purple dinosaur instead of a blade wielding dream.
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Old 05-19-2004, 10:34 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Grimace is Barney before TrimSpa.
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:00 AM   #29 (permalink)
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it's amazing... that first picture looks a whole lot like Uncle O'Grimacey.

Perhaps there is some link to irish folktales. I hope not. Irish folk tales scare the shit out of me.

Really though, Uncle O'Grimacey? What The O'Fuck?
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Old 05-19-2004, 03:37 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Grimace is the man. He is purple, and doesn't take anything from anyone. He looks like a Mcnugget... That reminds me, why does everthing have a friggin Mc on it?
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Old 05-19-2004, 04:25 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Grimace is the man. He is purple, and doesn't take anything from anyone. He looks like a Mcnugget... That reminds me, why does everthing have a friggin Mc on it?
Cuz Kids today aren't smart enough to spell Mac?
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Old 05-20-2004, 01:40 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Well let's all remember that we need to immerse ourselves in the McCulture in order to truly comprehend the significance of Grimace...
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Old 05-20-2004, 09:44 PM   #33 (permalink)
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The most important thing to know is:

Nothing Can Kill The Grimace!
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Old 05-20-2004, 11:32 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I always thought he was a moldy grape gumdrop myself.
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Old 05-21-2004, 07:13 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I found an amusing audio clip of a description of Grimace by some know it all scientist:


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