A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from September 05, 2010
“Heart attack in a bag”

"Heart attack in a bag” is a meal loaded with potentially artery-clogging food. “Heart attack in a bag” is cited in print since at least January 1995 and first described fast food meals (such as McDonald’s), but gradually expanded to other bagged foods (such as donuts, potato chips and popcorn).

Similar expressions include “heart attack on a plate” (since April 1988), “heart attack on a bun” (since February 1992), “heart attack on a stick” (since August 1995), “heart attack in a can” (since February 1998), “heart attack in a bottle” (since July 1999) and “heart attack on a rack” (since 2009).

Urban Dictionary
heart attack in a bag
Go eat at mcdonald’s
Lets call up Mcdonalds.

by Emerald Jan 9, 2005

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From: (david s. broudy)
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 1995 18:09:11 -0800
Local: Tues, Jan 17 1995 9:09 pm
Subject: Re: Physical Appearance and Obesity

Ah, yes, the McD’s in Louisiana with their Double Les Royals avec fromage (DOUBLE! UGH!) and Double Les Big Macs (with *four* patties) I’m sure contribute much to the excess tonnage we saw while on the road in that state. I’d never seen such things here. Add in the super backhoe-sized scoop of pommes frites and a gallon of sugary coke, and it’s a heart attack in a bag.

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From: ("C. Julien")
Date: 1997/07/22
Subject: Response to Val

Speaking of health, however, is a McDonald’s Big Mac healthy...not likely, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a heart attack in a bag.

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From: (John Malley)
Date: 1998/06/15
Subject: Re: 3 week progress report!

Pork rinds are a big part of my life now - and thanks to them, I am not even tempted to eat chips or popcorn. Always did love those suckers, but rarely ate them, because I figured they were a heart attack in a bag!

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From: (Stoney M.J. Cannibus III)
Date: 1999/07/02
Subject: Ouch…

In that commercial they talk about the ‘excitement’ of episode 1: The Phantom Mence, then they talk about the irresistable taste of ‘Lays potato chips’ (AKA ‘heart attack in a bag’ ).

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From: paulz28 <"paulz28_NO SPAM_"@home.com>
Date: 2000/07/02
Subject: Re: MSFT short candidate?

We’re talking donuts here, folks! Donuts: AKA, Heart attack in a bag! 

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From: Scott Torres
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 13:10:07 -0800
Local: Thurs, Dec 14 2000 4:10 pm
Subject: alt.geek is safe…

I was sitting here reading slashdot and a.g, while eating my heart attack in a bag from McDonald’s, when I realized that we do not need to worry about becoming “the in place to be”.

08-31-2001, 05:43 PM
i am a big in and out fan(its a shame its only a california thing) also jack in the box is good because i love their curly fries and oreo shakes.also they have a wider selection of food then most fast food places like pitas ,good salads,even terriaki(sp?) bowls and good cheese bacon potato wedges.plus the heart attack in a bag...the triple ultimate cheeseburger!!yum!

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Pg. 249:
Derek quickly answered, and Ryan walked in putting the heart attack in a bag on the table.

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