Restaurant responds after diners spot satanic symbol on map

Some of the outlets can be joined together to form a star


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A bizarre conspiracy theory is floating around the internet. It suggests a restaurant chain specialising in steak and deep-fried onions is actually a Satanic cult.

Why would people think that?

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Twitter user @eatmyaesthetics spotted a peculiar trend when studying the layout of Outback Steakhouse locations. The company, founded in 1998, has 978 restaurants across the US.

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It appears that a number of Outback joints, separate patterns in several cities, together form an eerie resemblance to a pentagram. To most, the five-pronged star is a symbol used within Wiccan practice and in ancient cultures. In America, however, it's more often associated with Satanism.

This has got to be a joke, right? Perhaps an elaborate ploy by vegans to dissuade Americans from their incessant beef-based indulgences?

Some people don't appear to think so. The fact that some Outback Steakhouses can be joined together to form stars is indisputable. And so...

People are demanding answers.

The company has been forced to respond.

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Yes, as you can see, Outback Steakhouse responded with an onion – a 'Bloomin' Onion', to be exact, which is one of the chain's trademark starters.

The American dish is simply a large onion that's been cut to resemble a flower, then battered and deep-fried. Here's a recipe.

Of course, the creepy symbols are just all a bizarre coincidence. With nearly 1,000 restaurants, there are always going to be some possibilities for shapes if you think creatively enough.

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