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Phrost
2/04/2013 3:24pm,
http://i.imgur.com/DeHOc4g.jpg

We've got Generation X, Generation Y, and Generation Ranch. I don't know exactly when putting salad dressing on everything (except freaking salads) became a thing, but in the last ten years Ranch Dressing has become nearly as ubiquitous as Ketchup, especially for anyone under the age of 25. And personally, I blame 9/11.

No, wait; hear me out. 9/11 caused a fundamental shift in American consciousness. In short, the traumatic events of that day caused people in the US to lose their mother fucking minds; common sense gave way to common safety, facts that were inconvenient got brushed aside, and a significant portion of the nation started cramming fistfuls of 'MERKAN food into their faces as a coping mechanism to deal with the embarrassment of a few cave-dwelling dipshits figuring out a way to kill 3000 of our own.

And since this happened around the same time people started going crazy with dipping their Freedom Fries into this goop, one can't help but draw the connection. Actually, that's not true; this is a complete stretch and we both know it. But believing that fundamentalist Muslims from Saudi Arabia were working with an anti-theocratic, secular dictator whose personal hero was Joseph Stalin and who also wanted to kick the crap out of Saudi Arabia, is as idiotic as thinking it's a good idea to smear salted fatsplooge all over everything you eat.

Think of the Children


http://i.imgur.com/BPb9l6d.jpg
Nope, this is not Hidden Valley Youth Camp

The kids who're coming out of the poop-chute of our public school system in the next few years will have consumed enough Ranch that their blood will be used to grease the tanks of the Chinese army when they finally come for all the females they mistakenly exported like so many iPhones.

People who know me personally have probably heard me refer to this substance as "Fail Sauce". Honestly, I hope term will catch on and become common in casual conversation around the family dinner table:

So Wendy, are you really going to smother those chicken nuggets in Fail Sauce? What the hell is wrong with you Wendy? Jesus, do you want to be a giant fatass and have everyone in your pre-school class make fun of you?

Ok, maybe not to that extent, but it's a good term anyway.


http://i.imgur.com/4jUPOoT.jpg
You're a dick if you laughed at that and should feel bad about yourself

Brass Tacks

Ranch Dressing isn't bad because it's 99% fat. I won't go into the fats vs. carbs debate here, but I'll just say that bacon isn't responsible for the Holocaust as some people operating on dietary knowledge from the 1970's would have you believe. Our bodies are set up to consume fat because it's a very efficient source of energy. Our ancestors, who hadn't yet invented Death Metal, used to literally suck the marrow out of the bones of their prey, just to get at the fat content.

No, Ranch Dressing is "bad" because it's one of the most calorie-dense food(ish) substances out there; it's up there with ice cream and the tears of your enemies. As you can see, two tablespoons of the stuff has as many calories as a fuckbucket of broccoli. (By the way, if you eat broccoli by the bucket, send us an email).


http://i.imgur.com/Cuo55kW.png
Serving size: two chicken nuggets' worth

On top of that, it's generally made with soybean oil. For those of you who don't know, soybeans contain Phytoestrogens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoestrogens) which have been linked to gynomastica and Katherine Heigl movies and One Direction and Aikido.

But... it's not Ranch Dressing's fault people eat it!


http://i.imgur.com/y0xVFAr.jpg
Yes, that's a watermark, who the hell would pay for this image?

Oh yeah, guess what?

You're goddamn right it's not Ranch Dressing's fault. It's the fault of people who are too lazy or stupid (lupid?) to bother figuring out whether something they're shoving into their face is good for them.

That's right, there's no nefarious conspiracy coming out of the bad guys' secret lair in Hidden Valley. There's no goddamn excuse in the Information Age to not know that unrestricted use of this salad grease on everything you eat is bad for you. It's on the goddamn bottles, and the common "tablespoon" serving size isn't tough to figure out either.

That is, if you're an adult.

Kids, however, don't know any better, they only know "whee this tastes good give me more". Because they're kids, and their brains aren't developed to the point they can process long-term consequences for short-term actions.


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Children, raising children

Adults, however, are supposed to be in possession of the greatest computing device on the planet, one which can all but literally see into the future and plot multiple different plans of action based on the possible outcomes of a particular choice.

Unfortunately, a significant portion of the people so warmly ensconced in the relative comfort of the First World, aren't adults. They're old children. They want whatever feels good, tastes good, or seems good, regardless of whether or not it actually is good.

And the reason for this? Because stupidity is no longer the fatal condition it once was.


http://i.imgur.com/HJNoQW9.jpg

Everyone here is the product of ancestors who survived dinosaurs, floods, meteors, volcanoes, tidal waves, famines war, disease, and themselves, to spawn you on this floating rock.

But thanks to modern medicine, we're no longer weeding out people capable of doing this without the help of a few responsible and capable people who actually make **** happen by providing laws and medicine and roads and tires and drive-through restaurants. Is it any wonder why some of us daydream about a zombie apocalypse? That's because it's guaranteed to weed out all the marginally-functional, mouth-breathing assholes who wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for those of us who can do math, build things, and make good decisions in general.

So no, Ranch Dressing isn't really the Douchebag of the Month. But we can only write so many articles about why Dumbasses are the Douchebags of the Month.

huge
2/04/2013 5:53pm,
I think Ranch Dressing is vilest of suaces. I support this kinda, sorta Douchebag of the Month entry wholeheartedly.

Raving&Drooling
2/04/2013 6:04pm,
I only remember tasting the Hidden Valley stuff once and finding it revolting. I make my own and have been doing so since before 9/11.

But yes, the list of things people are willing to slather it on is getting pretty outrageous.

W. Rabbit
2/04/2013 8:36pm,
Was there a poll?

I personally think the culprit is Honey Mayonnaise.

And I agree about everything bacon-related being wonderful.

danharr
2/04/2013 9:18pm,
"It's either blue cheese or go **** your mother"-Joey Diaz
Love the guy but yeah I ranch it up for hotwngs fail is so delicious and Hidden Valley is store bought garbage not real ranch dressing!

Permalost
2/04/2013 10:02pm,
Oh come on, calling ranch dressing DOB is like calling a gun a douchebag of the month for being an excellent killing machine. It's not ranch dressing's fault that its so delicious that fatasses can't get enough.

jnp
2/04/2013 10:09pm,
So ranch salad dressing is a legitimate argument for eugenics? Is that your point?

Maybe someone who wrote an article on BS is upset that all that ranch dressing goes straight to their hips?

Let's get this straight, I use ranch dressing as a gateway drug to get my son to try vegetables he would normally condemn as the spawn of Satan. After a while, the ranch gets dropped in favor of something else, like lemon juice on broccoli. Like I said, it's a gateway drug.

ps. I was channeling some of our members who are reading comprehension challenged except the last paragraph. That stuff is all true.

Raving&Drooling
2/05/2013 2:36am,
Let's get this straight, I use ranch dressing as a gateway drug to get my son to try vegetables he would normally condemn as the spawn of Satan. After a while, the ranch gets dropped in favor of something else, like lemon juice on broccoli. Like I said, it's a gateway drug.

This is good and I am borrowing this.

Permalost
2/05/2013 12:30pm,
Obviously in a perfect world Ranch dressing should be banned and in many countries, like the UK, the stuff is unavailable.

But the locals can freebase it using subversive literature.

Smackjack
2/05/2013 2:40pm,
So ranch salad dressing is a legitimate argument for eugenics? Is that your point?

Maybe someone who wrote an article on BS is upset that all that ranch dressing goes straight to their hips?

Let's get this straight, I use ranch dressing as a gateway drug to get my son to try vegetables he would normally condemn as the spawn of Satan. After a while, the ranch gets dropped in favor of something else, like lemon juice on broccoli. Like I said, it's a gateway drug.

ps. I was channeling some of our members who are reading comprehension challenged except the last paragraph. That stuff is all true.

I agree with ^ you can't expect to always love the taste of veggies, and ranch/bleu cheese does it for me.

Phrost
2/05/2013 3:07pm,
You realize that the reason you, and 5 year olds, put fail sauce on vegetables is because your palate is undisciplined and you're giving in to the craving for fat-salt, right?

Food is fuel, not entertainment.

cualltaigh
2/05/2013 3:42pm,
Food is fuel, not entertainment.

I don't see any reason why food can't be both. Though if ranch dressing is the jackass of the culinary world then I prefer my food more like the theatre - rich, complex, skillfully prepared and delivered, thought provoking with subtle undertones and a smattering of audience participation.

judoist
2/05/2013 5:13pm,
Food is fuel, not entertainment.


I disagree. Who is to say that the only way in which food can be entertainment is because of cravings for unhealthy/addictive ingredients?

Maybe learning how to cook a tasty and healthy meal is just the ticket for impressing a girl, not to mention the satisfaction of eating something you've prepared yourself.

Devil
2/05/2013 8:27pm,
Ranch dressing is awesome fat chick bait. I have standards, though. That's why I have a jacked up pickup truck. I use the Ranch to lure them in, but if they're too fat to jump to the step bar, it's a no-go.

battlefields
2/05/2013 8:53pm,
Ranch dressing is awesome fat chick bait. I have standards, though. That's why I have a jacked up pickup truck. I use the Ranch to lure them in, but if they're too fat to jump to the step bar, it's a no-go.

Leaving the land whales tuckered out and on the ground so I can lance them with my skin harpoon. Cheers, bro.

FHoppy
2/06/2013 8:12pm,
You realize that the reason you, and 5 year olds, put fail sauce on vegetables is because your palate is undisciplined and you're giving in to the craving for fat-salt, right?

Food is fuel, not entertainment.

Food is both fuel and entertainment. Eating is one of our few 5 sense experiences.

It's the lazy bastards who can't understand a mass-energy balance equation and feel that they deserve a 120000 calorie dinner every night that **** everything up.