The internet is full of insane nonsense. You’ve got a news publication calling Leo Dicaprio unrecognizable. You’ve got kids making millions unboxing toys, you’ve got cats becoming famous for having grumpy expressions, you’ve got deep fake videos inserting different actors into your favorite movies for no real reason.
There are also lots of hacks. Thousands of tips to make your life easier, from DIY home repairs to learning how products are actually meant to be used, the world wide web is a treasure trove of useful information. And then there’s the Ultimate Spaghetti Hack.
A Facebook page released a video of the Ultimate Spaghetti Trick, in which a woman demonstrates how she makes a spaghetti dinner for a large group of people. She proceeds to dump a collection of pre-made and pre-packaged ingredients, including Prego tomato sauce, meatballs, parmesan cheese, and spaghetti noodles, all over her counter, while the person filming marvels at how “cool” it all is.
Sure, it’s cool, if you think eating off a bacteria-ridden countertop with no plates is cool, and if you prefer your pasta to be as bland and basic as possible is cool. Based on the reaction to the video, the internet has a different idea of what’s cool.
First of all, that’s gross.
Besides just being disgusting I keep thinking about how the sauce is going to stain that countertop forever.
— Emily 💛 (@SDGoBlue) May 11, 2021
Second of all, that’s cold:
-The pasta sauce is COLD
-So will the pasta after like 5 minutes lying flat on a counter
-The counter may not be food safe in the way a bowl is. The acid from the pasta sauce might leach chemicals out of the counter. It will certainly etch your countertop eventually
— Andrew A. Gill (@andrewagill) May 10, 2021
And finally, that’s not even a hack!
Thank God someone finally simplified the complicated meal of premade meatballs, premade spaghetti sauce, pre-grated parmesan cheese, and spaghetti.
— Progressive Twit-Hotter than a Garden Gnome (@ProgressiveTwit) May 11, 2021
It’s also reckless!
She saved a pan and murdered Italian cuisine.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 11, 2021
Thankfully, a closer look at the Facebook page on which the video originated reveals it to be a “parody hack,” but that didn’t stop the internet from being disgusted. Or me from getting really hungry. But don’t worry, I’ll use plates.