Nobody's Counting Calories On Death Row
Researchers from Cornell University studied 193 last meal requests from Death Row inmates between 2002 and 2006 and found that men(and two Women) who are about to die like to fill up on Meat and Potatoes. You can see the info here. Hamburgers, Fried Chicken and Steak seem to be the most requested as well as French Fries. In fact, more than two thirds of the condemned ordered something fried. Pies and Ice Cream were the most popular deserts. Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh requested two pints of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. I'm sure that left an interesting clean up after his termination. The most popular fast food requests were from McDonalds, Wendy's, and KFC. That's a great selling point for those establishments. "The #1 choice of the Condemned! Bring the family!"
Fruits and Vegetables were less popular. The average last meal calorie count in this study was 2756. Four of the meal requests came in at over 7200 calories. One of those requests was for 12 pieces of fried chicken, two buttered rolls, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, two sodas and a pint each of strawberry and vanilla ice cream. And why not for crying out loud! Who's counting calories when you're scheduled to die in 24 hours? I'd go for a whole bucket of Extra Crispy. Actually I have and I'm not even on death row. Although my diet may say otherwise.
Lead researcher Brian Wansik says most prisons have a budget for the meals and there is no alcohol served. Which is fine with me. I'm not sure they should get any at all. The people these guys killed didn't get a chance for a last meal request.
My big question is: Why is Cornell University doing this study? We all have a Morbid fascination with Death and Executions. But this seems useless. Unless they were funded by Yum Corporation(KFC) to see how they can take more of the Last Meal business away from Mickey D's and Wendy's. This information may also be used by the Michele Obama's Let's Move organization. She might start a campaign to make healthier last meals because the condemned are too obese. You think I'm joking?
So, you knew this was coming: What would be your Last Meal? Let me know in the comment section below.