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Outraged UK Catholic Group Nixes Crisps

February 13, 2013

This post originally appeared at The Potato Museum.

You won't be able to try this new chip/crisp, flavored with Worcestershire sauce and chiles, because its name offended a group called Protect the Pope in the UK. The company that launched the brand, Pret a Manger, caved to the group's assertion that the product mocked Catholics, somehow.

The world has long used the expression Virgin Mary to describe a non-alcoholic version of the Bloody Mary. The Mary referred to in the Bloody drink was a Catholic Queen of England, Mary I, who earned her moniker by murdering numerous Protestants in her time, over 280 by burning at the stake. ( 1553-1558.)

Now that's offensive.

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Speaking of Pret a Manger, I came across this last week and found it worth a read.