mcribOne day not long ago I got a tip that the McDonald's near my apartment was selling The McRib, and so I walked the three blocks to the location only to find that sadly my tipster had been misinformed: There was no McRib to be found. Still, it was only three blocks out of my way -- disappointing, but no harm, no foul.

Now, this guy on the other hand drove 10 hours to get his hands on The McRib. Ten hours! For a fast food sandwich made of mystery meat and shaped like a rib cage!

But that's what happens when the legendary pork-like delicacy returns to McDonald's -- all the crazies come out. To say this sandwich has a cult following would be the understatement of the year. God only knows what's going to happen come November ...

Beginning November 2, McDonald's outlets across the country will be selling The McRib for the first time in 16 years.

Rarely is the sandwich available at all McDonald's restaurants at the same time. Instead, the company teases fans of the product by selling it in different cities at different times and usually for only a few weeks.

The elusiveness of The McRib has inspired the McRib Locator -- to help salivating fans hunt it down -- as well as several Facebook groups, which exist to extol the many virtues of the sandwich. Here, a random sampling from The McRib's ever-enthusiastic fan base:

This person has neither shame nor stomach lining.

The McRib is back in Vegas ... I've eaten 6 in the last 3 days. I will be at 15 by the end of the weekend.

(From Bring Back The McRib, Please!)

 

This person definitely has his/her priorities in order:

I will be having my first McRib today in a long time. I can't wait. It will be like reuniting with a lost child.

(From The McRib: It's What God Would Eat)

 

And, this person is obviously a virgin.

It's like sex on a bun.

(From VIVA McRib)

Are you a fan of the McRib?

 

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