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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Truth is Stranger than Fiction 2008.39

Burger King’s scent of love now flame broiled

By Christine McConville/Boston Herald.com
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Burger King is hoping to be known as more than "The Home of the Whopper."

This weekend, the fast food chain rolled out "Flame," a new men’s body spray billed as "the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat."

And an informal survey by the Boston Herald found that there are men out there who'd wear it - even one who seemed to be named after a meat.

"It's very nice," said Salami Caushi, 55 and a South Boston resident, who was sipping hot coffee at the Burger King on Broadway yesterday.

As his companion grimaced, Caushi sprayed the scent on his wrist, and then took a long sniff of Flame for men.

"Yes, nice," he said.

Tony Rama, who was sitting downwind of Caushi, strongly disagreed. "It's much too heavy," he said.

A few tables away, Reno Hoxhallari, 29 and from Medford, was taken aback by the burger joint's new product.

"It's got to be a joke," he said, as he scrutinized a photo of the chain's cartoonish King, languishing by the fire, wearing his crown and little else.

Two days ago - just in time for the holidays - the fast food chain began selling the body spray, for $4 a bottle, at Rickey's, a New York City retailer, and on the Web site, http://www.firemeetsdesire.com/.

Yesterday, after the company distributed samples to various news organizations, the Herald took it on a trial run.

"It smells like cinnamon," said Alyse Hawco, 14, of Dorchester. She was at Burger King enjoying a post-school snack with some friends.

"I'd buy it for my brother," she said.

Up the street, at a crowded corner on Broadway, a group of men in their 20s were initially skeptical about the fragrance.

"Flame?" one man said. "I think they should change the name."

Another guy wondered if it would "make me break out."

But after their female companion said she liked it, their opinions appeared to shift.

"Yeah, I'd think about it," said Jaime, a native Cape Codder.

"Do you think it'll make girls swarm?" he asked his friends.

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