Hamburger Helper, which has helped families served up side dishes since the '70s, is perhaps best known for Lefty, the brand's "friendly oven glove" cartoon mascot. We all know Lefty's cheerful face and billowy, four-fingered figure. But what's inside that glove? Twitter user @soongrowtired asked about Lefty's skeleton, unleashing a thread of answers that we honestly were not quite ready for.
Twitter user @soongrowtired posted the question during the morning hours of October 10."Someone who is good at science please help... which is the correct anatomy of Hamburger Helper?" they yelled into the Internet void. The image compares the original logo with two possible skeleton structures. The first puts the skull at the center of Lefty's palm, with a bone in each of the fingers of the glove. The second places an entire small skeleton smack-dab in the center of the palm.
Unbeknownst to us, the internet apparently already had a lot of opinions about Lefty's internal anatomy.
@soongrowtired He's actually an invertebrate made mostly of very low density fluid and air sacs, kinda like a cepha… https://t.co/0VdMFViLlg— New Year's Wes-solutions (@New Year's Wes-solutions)1508028091.0
Let's just assume everyone that replied to this thread is a cartoon skeletal specialist, OK?The cephalopod theory was creepy, but this one is creepier. @cmacsbrain shared a hand-drawn photo of a skeleton that resembles that of an alien rodent more than a human. Who are we to assume that a human skeleton would exist inside a cartoon glove? The mysteries of the universe are vast and puzzling, friends.
Twitter user @cmacsbrain elaborated on his creepy-crawly drawing with some background information and a legendary pun."These aliens accidentally ended up on Earth. They didn't predict a cheerful glove as their host either, but that's the hand they were dealt," he explained.
@joelcarrol had a skeleton plan that, while still creepy, honestly looked the most appropriately suited to the Hamburger Helper hand.
@soongrowtired https://t.co/EHafxr9gZD— Joel Carroll (@Joel Carroll)1508077434.0
Twitter user @Sindershift drew a terrifying, stringy skeleton creature that looks like it was born in a Tim Burton movie.They wrote, "I can see why you'd think it was one of those, but as an actual skeletologist I can confirm it's [the correct internal anatomy of the Hamburger Helper] actually this."
Twitter user @CrassCrab ruled the skeleton idea out entirely.
@soongrowtired @breadconqueror the hamburger helper is mostly cartilage like a shark— TWASBAPPIN (@TWASBAPPIN)1508011816.0
This take took the skull and fingers idea a step further.
@soongrowtired @HorimotoKaci terrifying to think about https://t.co/RRSPbiZjsI— Michael Cannon (@Michael Cannon)1508128072.0
What if ... we'd been looking at this all wrong this whole time?Twitter user @scitters created a model in which the skeleton is a complete human skeleton, turned upside-down, with only the skull flipped upright to look right at us. "Bit tired, my paint skills are a bit off tonight," they wrote.
And still, there were crazier ideas out there.
@soongrowtired It's obvious there's an Olympic high diver in there, doing some sorta reverse cowgirl triple-lutz ba… https://t.co/XGRbgQm4C1— Sketch2 (@Sketch2)1508041111.0
Twitter user @FerdyMergler presented a truly cutting-edge theory.
@soongrowtired https://t.co/OVxF2kvrkx— beautiful beautiful rat who LOVES FRAN DRESCHER (@beautiful beautiful rat who LOVES FRAN DRESCHER)1508039032.0
One of the original poster's friends, Twitter user @G0NEGIRLLL asked a question."...do you accept constructive criticism?" she asked. "Of course," @soongrowtired, who started the whole Hamburger Helper skeleton thread to begin with, replied.
@G0NEGIRLLL's bit of criticism pulled no punches.That's valid feedback. What do you think the real anatomy of Lefty the Hamburger Helper is, exactly? Does he have a human skeleton inside, with just a few adjustments, or does he look like a different species entirely?
Well, today is your lucky day. Because Hamburger Helper ACTUALLY RESPONDED.
If I must https://t.co/avKPZm80CX— Helper (@Helper)1508182959.0