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On the heels of Hannukah, another dodgy miracle awaits. The elusive, exclusive McRib McReturns to McDonald's on Dec. 17.

Let's review what we know.

The McRib has no ribs. It's barbecue sauced pork that's formed to look like bones, but is essentially a sandwich patty. That is part of its globular mythos. 

It has a cult following. It has a cult anti-following. It's been called a ninja sandwich. It's been called a sad pig/gym mat sandwich.  We can also deduce that it's not a polar bear, since that's not something the marketing team is really into. 

Now, because it's a makebelive nightmare fantasy food, real-world alternatives are a bit more challenging. For the most part barbecue seekers are  forced to face the tangy facts: There is no such thing as a bone sandwich.

To ingest the real-deal in a reality-based shape means sometimes making the tough choice between BBQ pork ribs and pulled pork. You simply can't have your bones and eat them too. 

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Nobody's bringing home the bacon? Pork shortage possible

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You may have heard a song on the radio recently. It sounds like Vanilla Ice's classic "Ice Ice Baby". But it was chopped and remixed using the lyric "like a pound of bacon" to create a whole new song, "Ice Ice Bacon".

The piggy has officially jumped the shark.

Interestingly, this news coincides with a Los Angeles Times report on Tuesday that "a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable," according to an industry trade group. 

Britain's National Pig Assn. explained in a news release last week that drought conditions affected crops, which affected feed, which led to declining herds across Europe. Financial Times asserted that the trend "is being mirrored around the world."

The rest of the article talks about percentages of slaughtered pigs and is upsetting. Bottom line, the price of European pork could double next year, and the U.S. pork supply, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently hit record high numbers due to farmers scaling down herds as the cost of feeding the animals increases.

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