Sounds like a good idea for lunch, but what about a name for an icon on your computer? No, didn’t think so. Not sure why we would give food names to inanimate objects or, for that matter, digital abstracts. Apple, Blackberry, Chocolate…I am sure there are more but just thinking about it makes me hungry so I need to stop. But indulge me for just a moment. Would you ever think anything in the cyber world would be called a hamburger? What purpose could it possibly have? If you have the A, B, C’s (apple, blackberry, and chocolate), wouldn’t you need to assign D, E, F, and G before jumping to H?

Alas, there is such a thing as a Hamburger. Technically it is called the “Hamburger button.” You’ve probably used it several times and I would love to know if you ever thought it resembles a burger.

To me it does not. While testing out a new computer program I was told to click on the “hamburger.” It didn’t matter that it was only 8:30 in the morning, my mind wandered so badly I was never going to see 3 horizontal lines and see a hamburger. Technically, when I think of hamburger I like a little more such as lettuce and tomato anyway. But I digress. This handy button was created by a Xerox designer, Norm Cox, ages ago for its “Star” personal workstation. [1] Well played, Norm Cox. I will think of you every time I get hungry during the workday when it’s not time to eat. At any rate, the hamburger icon is great for customizing or for menu choices. Menu choices…OK, Who’s ready for lunch?

[1] Campbell-Dollaghan, Kelsey. “Who Designed the Hamburger Icon?” Gizmodo, Gizmodo, 31 Mar. 2014, gizmodo.com/who-designed-the-iconic-hamburger-icon-1555438787.