Do Not Hide An Engagement Ring In A Frosty And Then Hold An Eating Contest

Reed Harris wanted a memorable proposal — but he probably should have thought his plan through a little better. He hid an engagement ring in his girlfriend’s Wendy’s Frosty — and then he and his friends challenged her to a race to see who could eat their Frosty first. What could go wrong?

“I mean, I was taking huge bites and swallowing,” Kaitlin wrote. “There was no tasting at all. I get to the end and everyone starts staring at me with this weird, worried look on their face, and I have no clue what is going on around me.”

Yeah, she ate the ring. This is the exact thing that I picture happening whenever people try to replicate jewelry commercial proposals. If anyone ever wants to marry me, they should just ask. Don’t hide anything in my food.

For those of you who are worried, the ring “arrived” safe and sound after a little prune juice and fiber.

New Mexico woman accidentally swallows ring during marriage proposal [News2]


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  1. lotussix says:

    now i know how to propose to my future ex-wife.

  2. Spider Jerusalem says:

    Aw. I’d marry you, Meg. And I wouldn’t even insult you with pricey jewelry! :)

  3. BuddyGuyMontag says:

    I’ve heard of crappy rings, but that’s ridiculous.


  4. stevejust says:


  5. IT-Chick says:

    Ew, I am happy that none of my rings have passed through my digestive system before I put it on my finger.

    • AlexDitto says:

      @IT-Chick: I read that as “none of my fingers have passed through my digestive system,” which made your comment a LOT more surreal.

      Also a little terrifying. I can see the headlines now… FINGER FOUND IN FROZEN FROSTY BY FUTURE FIANCE.

  6. BuddyGuyMontag says:

    Here’s the smart thing:

    1) Take cup

    2) Take clear packing tape.

    3) Seal ring on bottom of cup with clear packing tape.

    THEN you eat the Frosty.

    Hell, better than finding a finger in your chili.

  7. Ben Miner says:

    Good to know things worked out well in the end for her.

  8. shepd says:

    Actually, having your future husband find your ring after this might be exciting to some (okay, very few) ladies. To those it grosses out, consider that a man dedicated to you enough to do this is probably a keeper. :D

  9. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    This could be interpreted as attempted murder… a calorie-laden frosty AND a piece of sharp metal and diamond.

    • hedonia says:

      @pecan 3.14159265: sharp metal? what kind of rings are YOU wearing?!

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        @hedonia: the throat, stomach lining and everything internally can feasibly be nicked by a diamond or the setting around the ring if it wasn’t a simple solitaire. My engagement ring has metal corners. Not sharp, but were there some kind of agitation, I think it’d be possible something worse could have happened.

  10. aloe vera says:

    There’s nothing more romantic than fishing your poo-encrusted engagement ring from the toilet.

    • Homerjay (insert star here) says:

      @aloe vera: Actually, the only thing less romantic than fishing your poo-encrusted engagement ring from the toilet is proposing to your girlfriend at Wendy’s.

      • nakedscience says:

        @Homerjay (insert star here): Yes, because everyone has the same idea of romance as a diamond ring commercial, and all couples are concerned with what everyone else thinks of their proposal. What if they met at Wendy’s over a frosty? What if a frosty is his fiance’s favorite treat ever? Why is it any of your business?

  11. bonzombiekitty says:

    Screw a ring, my g/f is getting a nice engagement big screen, HD TV.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @bonzombiekitty: You, sir, are a patriot. But does she want a ring? I’m not being snarky, I’m just asking. Does she actually want a ring of some kind?

    • ScottRose says:


      If you can get away with that, then I salute you!

      Though you should probably throw in a year of cable and a DVR if you really want to be romantic..

    • nakedscience says:

      @BuddyGuyMontag: Not all women are delicate flowers who are concerned with what people think of them and their proposals.

      • Eilonwynn says:

        @nakedscience: eh, I’ve asked for a $200 ring and a nice, lovely engagement Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR lens. I figure… I’m a bonehead. I lose jewelery. He knows this. He also knows how much more use I’m going to get out of that lens.

        • nakedscience says:

          @Eilonwynn: If I ever get engaged, I’ll have him save the money he’d otherwise spend on a super fancy wedding and cliche ring, and we’re goin’ to Italy.

          • Eilonwynn says:

            @nakedscience: Oh, that’s already decided. The wedding will probably be in somebody’s back yard, potluck style, then all over europe for the honeymoon – part of the reason for the lens. One of my friends just spent twelve grand on a ring, and I told him flat out he’s an idiot. I’m getting aircraft grade titanium and either a black diamond or a star sapphire.

            • nakedscience says:

              @Eilonwynn: That sounds like a lovely wedding and honeymoon! The best wedding I went to was in a tiny little church, and the reception was about 10 miles away in a local park’s “snack shack/arcade” right on the river. There was a keg and kaereoke (which I acn never spell). The kids had a BLAST in the arcade. Best reception ever.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @nakedscience: Uh, I didn’t get a ring because I’m a delicate flower concerned with what people think of me and my proposal. I got a ring because I like sparkly things and my husband’s very traditional.

        • nakedscience says:

          @Eyebrows McGee: Well, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting a ring, so you’re right, the delicate flower bit was uncalled for. Still, I’m tired of people assuming that all women (and men, for that matter) are concerned with lookin’ “classy” and wanting rings and typical romantic stuff.

          • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

            @nakedscience: I think people who EITHER assume everyone should have an engagement ring/traditional wedding/etc. OR assume that everyone who does those things is a flake are so far into their narrow-horizoned world of stereotypes that we can safely ignore them.

            People get up in my face with surprising frequency for not wearing my wedding ring all the time (my hands swell and shrink a lot with the weather) or for not taking my husband’s last name. And then other people get up in my face for having been married in a church in a poofy white dress. And I think, “Boy, it’s a good thing I can go home to my healthy and functional relationship and have lots of church- and state-sanctioned sex with my husband while ignoring these people’s opinions.”

            Because really, how do ANY of these trappings — or lack of them — define someone’s relationship? And I think those who are convinced there’s “typical” romantic stuff have just successfully identified the reason their relationships aren’t working out. Romantic is what your partner finds romantic, not what Hollywood says all women/men find romantic!

            • nakedscience says:

              @Eyebrows McGee: I agree 100% When it comes down to it, I don’t care! I personally think it’s a bit ridiculous to spend 10K on a ring and 10K on a wedding etc., but whatever, it’s not my money!

              I’m 27, single, and have no plans on getting married. I get crap a LOT for that, so I feel ya.

            • edwardso says:

              @Eyebrows McGee: I have many of the same problems. I have a very nice heirloom ring that obviously cost us nothing but people love to comment about blood diamonds or wasting money on a ring or sometimes how stupid they think marriage is

            • DrGirlfriend says:

              @Eyebrows McGee: All the women who fought for equal rights did so so that, in the end, we could all judge the hell out of each other for our choices ;)

            • redkamel says:

              @Eyebrows McGee: not to mention most engagement rings, are, honestly, tacky, and that the entire diamond thing is made up DeBeers and real engagement rings are made with any kind of precious stone. I told some girl that once (except the tacky part) when she was annoying and she didnt appreciate it, so I had to tell her it wasnt my fault she didnt even know what she was wearing or why.

          • RandaPanda says:

            @nakedscience: I have to say that I’ve flat out told my boyfriend that if he ever spends tons of money on an engagement ring for me that I’m making him take it back. He’s bought a ring for me awhile back, and while it wasn’t perfect (it’s gold, and I’m allergic to gold), it was a wonderful sentiment. I love it, but he’s not allowed to purchase an engagement ring, because he knows it’s just not my style. I’m allergic to gold and diamonds are guady.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        @nakedscience: yeah, i only want to be offered a diamond if it’s a diamond tipped drill bit for my dremel. not some stupid ring

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      @bonzombiekitty: That’d be kind of hard to wear on her hand and show off to her coworkers.

    • friendlynerd says:

      So she can look forward to a lifetime of receiving gifts that YOU wanted?

    • Repique says:

      @bonzombiekitty: We’re using a family ring.

      Thus requiring moving the big-screen TV to the honeymoon, where it will be joined by some other nice electronic equipment, a lot of take-out food, and hopefully, by that point, the entire run of Battlestar Galactica (new version) on Blue Ray.

    • bdgbill says:

      @bonzombiekitty: To all you modern progressive women who claim that you do not want an expensive engagement ring…I call Bullshit. This is the same as women who claim to want a “small, simple wedding” and three months later are obsessing over where to procure 3 dozen white doves and table napkins made from Hermes silk scarves.

      Here’s how the conversation will go with your female friends and coworkers….”I’m engaged!” “Where’s the ring?” “Oh I told my little snookems that I didn’t want him to spend his money on an expensive ring” “You got ripped off and your fiance hates you” “everyone knows the engagement ring is the most important part of getting married”

      • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

        @bdgbill: Wow, someone’s bitter. It might be time to lay off watching Bridezillas. The wedding doesn’t matter nearly as much as the marriage to some of us.

        @Eyebrows McGee: In all honesty, he’d probably take me with him or ask me to pick it out myself. (I’d like to see what he does when left to his own devices, but he’s the type to put pressure on himself even if I tell him otherwise.) We’ve talked about getting weddinged for quite some time, so we’re cool on the answer to The Question. :) Not so much on my desire to be married by Zombie Elvis. Eh, love involves compromise.

        • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

          @h3llc4t: We went pre-shopping together so he had a pretty clear idea of what I liked and didn’t like, and then he went and picked out the actual ring himself. That was a good compromise for us between my pickiness and his desire to be all traditional about it.

          And Zombie Elvis Wedding would ROCK!

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @bdgbill: You need to meet some more women, dude. I have plenty of friends who had small, simple weddings, or eloped, or just did the JP, and plenty of friends who didn’t do engagement gifts, or did non-traditional ones, or did a mazda miata instead. It’s really not THAT big a deal, srsly.

        (Me, I got a big honking ring and I got married in a big honking ceremony in a big honking church in a big honking white dress, but, again, that was a personal/family choice. It’s not that big a deal one way or the other as long as the principle parties are happy.)

  12. DanR2 says:

    Then she said, “I doo doo.”

  13. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    So what *was* the expected outcome of this, to make her catcht the ring in her throat and go into a coughing fit?

  14. WhatStockMarket?_GitEmSteveDave says:

    They are both lucky she didn’t break off a tooth. At ~$4,000 EACH for a decent implant, it’s a lot more expensive than the x-ray, ex-lax, and aquarium net that this cost.

  15. Bram Verdoes says:

    How about not proposing at Wendy’s over a frosty

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @Bram Verdoes: Yeah this could’ve been classier. Not like proposing at a restaurant is much, much classier per se (cause you can propose at an Applebees too) but that maybe trying to do something a little less cliche.

      • jedo1507r says:

        @pecan 3.14159265: Less cliche like proposing at a Golden Corral, Ryan’s, Chinese buffet or some other buffet place…

      • KyleOrton says:

        @pecan 3.14159265: Proposing at Applebees is much easier. You can actually just order the proposal version of any entree and a moderately priced, mass-produced and underwhelming ring is already placed into the vacuum-sealed food bag and ready to be heated and served.

      • edwardso says:

        @pecan 3.14159265: Maybe Wendys and/or frostys had a special meaning to them. Contrary to what movies may lead people to believe, not all women find red roses and champagne romantic. I was proposed to on the couch while watching tv, which was exactly what I wanted in a proposal

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          @edwardso: I don’t find red roses and champagne romantic. But hiding a ring in a frosty is pretty gross. You can’t just rinse off a ring and it’s all good…food gets stuck in the little teeny gaps in the ring setting, and it just gets messy.

        • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

          @edwardso: I was proposed to hiking in a forest preserve. Roses make me sneeze and champagne makes me get drunk in my knees. Just my knees. Romantic is getting up half an hour early to scrape all the snow off my car so I don’t have to.

    • ThickSkinned says:

      @Bram Verdoes: There was too long of a line at Del Taco

    • Yoko Broke Up The Beatles says:

      @Bram Verdoes:
      My only question would be, are they going to get married IN the Wendy’s now?

      (It’s been done, people!)

    • Anonymous says:

      @Bram Verdoes:

      I didn’t get a proposal. We had more of a mutual understanding after 3 days in bed following his having to return home (overseas) during the summer b/c of the terms of his student visa.

      We couldn’t afford a ring, he offered a silver ring he’d bought at a music festival, it fit the ‘wrong’ finger, but I thought it romantic. He promised a ring for our 10th anniversary, but we needed the money for a house downpayment. I said 15th anniversery then, but instead we moved overseas & had a baby.

      Maybe for the 20th.

  16. pegr says:

    Did she leave a ring in the commode?

  17. BuddyGuyMontag says:

    Not blaming the OP, but I got this visual in my head of a woman you would typically think of 1) being proposed to at Wendy’s and 2) Capable of chowing down a Frosty incredibly fast.

    I googled Kaitlin Whipple. I was pleasantly surprised. Had a Cally from Battlestar Galactica vibe to her. Rowr.

  18. jumpo64 says:

    I really hope she made him go through her crap before every flush.

  19. Cornelius047 says:

    Nice to see that this came out alright.

  20. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    If it had stayed in her body she could’ve called it internal body bling.

  21. HogwartsAlum says:

    Man, she’s lucky she didn’t choke or break a tooth. Don’t put jewelry in people’s food!

    Anybody who can eat a Frosty that fast and not get total brain freeze must be a mutant.

  22. chuck0008 says:

    At least he’s willing to embrace his husbandly doodies.

  23. Etoiles says:

    See, the thing about champagne, as shown in movies and TV and commercials where for some reason some foolish man thinks that beverage-doused ring is the way to go, is that it’s translucent and served in an equally translucent container.

  24. nakedscience says:

    @pecan 3.14159265: Yes, because all women are greedy and materialistic and care about “classy”.

    What if they met at Wendy’s? Does it matter? It’s their relationship.

    An ex-boyfriend tried to get back together with me this past Valentine’s day by sending me red roses. I laughed in his face. If he actually paid attention to me while we dated, he’d realize that your typical romantic b.s. does nothing for me. I’d have been more receptive to him bringing over my favorite pizza and a movie, not some ugly roses.

  25. InThrees says:

    Will you marry me, Meg? You’re very intelligent and… what’s that other thing… oh, right! – attractive.

  26. Yoko Broke Up The Beatles says:

    How about Reed or one of his friends stopping Kaitlin before she downed the frosty? Or, not even challenging her when there is a ring in the food?

    FAIL = Reed & his friends.

  27. adb1158 says:

    Wow. One girl and a cup.

  28. Russ Savage says:

    i suppose they met at wendys or something.. gross

  29. ElizabethD says:

    I wonder if, after all that, the ring was nice or just a piece of sh*t…..


  30. rdm says:

    Did she win the eating contest?

  31. UnicornMaster says:

    Where did he go wrong?
    Ring in Desert = original
    Frosty = classy
    In Front of Friends = was either afraid she would reject him, or reject him less in front of his friends or simply doesn’t like to be alone with her

    but in the end she says yes, so they’re made for each other…

  32. Brunette Bookworm says:

    @edwardso: I have reasons against diamonds…blood diamonds being part of it but I would never comment on that about someone else’s ring. Plus, I’ve just never really liked diamonds. I’d take a TV.

    @friendlynerd: What, women don’t want big screen, HD TVs? Well crap, I better return that one I just bought…

  33. Julia789 says:

    With the diamond industry the way it is, many of us ladies are probably wearing diamonds that went through someone’s intestines, at one point or another. They have to smuggle them out somehow.

  34. innout3x3 says:

    I really hope she gets a new ring or that ring will forever be the butt of all jokes till she dies =P

  35. savdavid says:

    Stolen from Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You” movie with Drew Barrymore and Ed Norton.

  36. ReasonableGuy says:

    “I mean, I was taking huge bites and swallowing”

    “There was no tasting at all”

    Sounds like he’ll have fun on his wedding night (aside from the biting part. . .)

  37. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    @nakedscience: My boyfriend still doesn’t believe that I don’t really like diamonds that much. I think his mom and other women have drilled the idea of “engagement ring = diamonds” so far that it’s going to take a lot of work to get it out.

    I told him I’d be much happier with a non-diamond ring that he felt suited me. In the back of my head I’d kinda like a vintage snake ring, but if I’m gonna marry the guy I have to trust that he’d know me well enough to a) not blow tons of money on something that’s ultimately not a huge deal to me, and b) know my style well enough to not bling me out like 50 Cent.

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      @h3llc4t: How about a guy who c) takes you shopping with him for the ring? Sounds like you have strong preferences. :)

      (I know some women prefer surprises, and that’s cool, but I sorta feel like a marriage proposal is one of those questions you should probably know the answer to BEFORE you ask it. But maybe I’m just bein’ a lawyer, since I hate asking public questions I don’t know the answer to. That’s how you get in trouble during testimony.)

  38. dancing_bear says:

    Smooth move, Exlax.

  39. BiZarRroBALlmeR says:

    one ringy dingy

  40. synergy says:

    I guess I don’t understand how she couldn’t have realized it was going down the hatch. OK, MAYBE she didn’t feel it in her mouth, but why didn’t she feel it going down her throat?? Either she’s an unlucky woman because the rock is that small or he’s a very lucky man because… well, I’ll leave it at that.

  41. Elizabeth Anderson says:

    At least the x-ray will tell her if the diamond’s real.