FACT CHECK:   Have Subway restaurants announced that they are now adding peas to their guacamole?

Claim:   Subway restaurants have announced that they are now adding peas to their guacamole.


Example:     [Collected via Twitter, July 2015]

Origins:   On 6 July 2015, Cabel Sasser, the co-founder of the Oregon-based software company Panic, posted a photograph to his Twitter account that purportedly showed an advertisement for a new pea-inspired guacamole available at the Subway chain of sandwich restaurants. The image fed off an existing Internet-wide debate about whether or not peas belong in guacamole, a subject the New York Times had surveyed in an article they originally published back in 2013 (and shared again in July 2015), and included a tweet from President Obama stating that a proper guacamole should only contain onions, garlic, and hot peppers (presumably in addition to avocados):

The winds that helped fan the great guacamole pea fire, however, were a hoax. A Subway spokesman disclaimed the notion that the chain was experimenting with peas in their guacamole, and Sasser’s office has confirmed that his photograph was a fake.

Sasser has also acknowledged that he spent $5 on a photograph of peas, which he Photoshopped in order to accomplish his ruse:

Last updated:      7 July 2015

Originally published:     7 July 2015

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