Summer is a time when many people like to light the grill. And the most popular meat for the grill is a hamburger. The famous and the burger have crossed paths in some interesting ways:
- A visit to Burger King marked a turning point in the life of actor Robert Downey Jr. The actor said he pulled into one of the chain’s outlets in 2003 and ordered a burger so “disgusting” that he viewed the meal as a bad omen, prompting him to kick his illegal drug habit.
- In 2008, President George W. Bush stressed the close relationship that the U.S. had with Great Britain. Appearing with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the president told reporters, "Look, if there wasn’t a personal relationship, I wouldn't be inviting the man to [have] a nice hamburger. Well done, I might add."
- Leslie Pawson won his second Boston Marathon in 1938, but the hamburger he ate soon before the race was blamed for nearly foiling his victory. After taking an early lead, Pawson fell behind at the eight-mile mark because — in the words of a Boston Globe sportswriter — the hamburger "began to voice its protest." Seven miles later, Pawson regained the lead and held on to win. But what had caused him to lose the lead? "Maybe it was the hamburger, and maybe it wasn't," Pawson concluded, vowing never to eat so soon before the marathon.
- Queen Latifah is a co-owner of a few outlets of the Fatburger chain. The award-winning actress told a talk-show host that her investment was motivated by her love for turkey burgers.
- A hamburger is one of Warren Buffett’s favorite entrées. In 2007, the investment guru wrote a letter to shareholders reassuring them of his health despite his advancing age. "It's amazing what Cherry Coke and hamburgers will do for a fellow," he explained.