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Notify Bill Clinton: McDonald's to Return McRib 'Cult Sandwich' to All US Locations

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The McRib, the elusive sandwich that has inspired a cult-like following, is back.

McDonald's Corp. announced Monday that the sandwich, usually available in only a few stores at a time, will be sold at all U.S. locations through mid November.

Most of the time, it's up to local franchises to determine when and if they want to sell the sandwich– except in Germany, the only place where it's available perennially (might explain the country do so well in comparison to other eurozone countries).

McDonald's said the response was enormous last November when it made the McRib available nationally for about three weeks.

Back then, even the dieting Bill Clinton was happy to hear it about it (as reported earlier on The Blaze):

In fact, it was so popular last November that the company decided to bring it back this year.

The sandwich was introduced nationally in 1982. Just like the Big Mac, the McRib has become a popular McDonald's offering.

Oddly enough for a fast food sandwich, there are Facebook groups like "Bring Back the McRib!!!" There are Twitter tags, where posts range from "Lucky me, the McRib is back" to "If you eat McRibs, you need to re-evaluate what it is you actually want in life." Last year, the guy who won McDonald's $1 million Monopoly grand prize was ordering – you guessed it – a McRib.

Alan Klein, a meteorologist in the Minneapolis area, runs a website that helps consumers locate a McRib in their area. He created the Locator in 2008 because he wanted to learn how to use the Google Maps program for work, and because he had fond memories of eating the pork sandwich while growing up on a hog farm.

"We've been spoiled this year and last year with it being around nationwide," he said. "But I hope it stays elusive because otherwise nobody will come to our website."

If the McRib is so popular, why not just offer it all the time?

"Bringing it back every so often adds to the excitement," said Marta Fearon, McDonald's U.S. marketing director, who added that she's not sure if the McRib will reappear in stores every fall.

That's one way to do it.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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