Window to Weight Gain – The Fish Sandwich

Homer: I don’t know. Fish sandwich. Are you sure?
– King-Size Homer (The Simpsons Season 7 – Episode 7)


The fish sandwich is often the most ignored menu item at fast food restaurants. In many western countries it’s popular during Lent and that’s about it. And by popular during Lent, I mean some people eat it because they aren’t allowed to eat a more delicious animal during the time of year. Homer questions the fish sandwich, not because he thinks it will taste bad, but because it might not provide enough weight gaining properties to be worth the effort.

Bart proves the fish sandwich passes the “Window” test by rubbing it against a piece of paper (in this case, the wallpaper of a Krusty Burger). But would a real fish sandwich achieve the same results? Being the world’s foremost Simpsons food blogger (it’s a thing!), I decided to test out whether this would work in real life by eating a Filet-O-Fish sandwich from McDonald’s.



The Filet-O-Fish comes in a box, not in a wrapper, so already I was at a disadvantage to rub it against any paper.


Taking it out of the box, it felt decidedly un-greasy, but I tried rubbing it against the paper anyway. It didn’t work…


I ate the Filet-O-Fish anyway – it’s been at least decade since I last had one. I have to say, this was a surprisingly well put together sandwich. That’s probably because I ordered it around 3pm on a Tuesday and they had to make it fresh. Even the woman working the drive thru seemed kind of confused that I had ordered it.

Here’s what I’ve never understood: why does the Filet-O-Fish include cheese? It’s such a weird element to add that doesn’t really work for me. The good news (from a weight gain standpoint) is that the cheese makes the sandwich even more unhealthy. At 380 calories and 20 grams of fat, it might not cause paper to rub clear, but it’s still helping me on my Window To Weight Gain!

Cromulence: 7 Jugglers Despairs out of 10

The Fish Sandwich From: King-Size Homer (The Simpsons Season 7 – Episode 7)

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Filet de poisson! This is a scandalously dumb question and I’m sorry to ask but – are French translations on products common only to French-speaking regions in Canada? Or is it a widespread thing?

I know, I’m an idiot. If it’s any consolation people think we’re lying when we say New Zealand is not part of Australia.

And yes, I’m going through your archives like a sad person.


The French translation is mandatory Canada-wide on product packaging like at McDonald’s or, for example, anything you would buy at the grocery store. One thing I always find interesting is that for products that are made outside Canada, the government has to add new packaging (often in the form of a sticker) so it includes the translated content.
Also, according to this website I’ve consulted: New Zealand doesn’t actually exist according to most maps anyways so I wouldn’t worry about it.


Orange in front of a class of people.


Is this a request? Because eating an orange is a lot like a good marriage.


You really should make the ribwich.


Hopefully I don’t run out of the animal they make it from. Think smaller, think more legs…