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We went to Red Lobster's $21.99 Endless Shrimp to see if it's really unlimited

Business Insider Logo By Hollis Johnson,Kate Taylor of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 25: <p> A lot can happen in a year. </p><p><a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/how-many-endless-shrimp-can-you-eat-at-red-lobster-2016-9?utm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-slideshow&utm_campaign=bodyurl"> One year ago</a>, we dreamed the impossible dream: endless shrimp, for $21.99. For seven and a half hours at Red Lobster, we gorged ourselves on the pink "candy of the sea" in a variety of preparations. It was a saga of mythological proportion and effort - one wonders if the Argonauts could handle such a task.</p><p> And yet, the shrimpy sirens' call rang in our ears again as Red Lobster's annual promotion began anew. </p><p> Last year, we left an innocent world thinking we would happily munch on crustaceans for a couple of hours; instead, we entered a murky, briny alternate existence where the shrimp never stops. Three-hundred and five shrimp later, we wearily emerged from Red Lobster on that fated September night in 2016 into the blinking lights of Times Square.</p><p> When we returned this year, we had a sneaking suspicion that we never truly escaped the madness that is shrimp eternal. Come with us on this harrowing tale of shrimp and sacrifice: Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp, 2017. </p>

A lot can happen in a year.

One year ago, we dreamed the impossible dream: endless shrimp, for $21.99 (prices vary regionally). For seven and a half hours at Red Lobster, we gorged ourselves on the pink "candy of the sea" in a variety of preparations. It was a saga of mythological proportion and effort - one wonders if the Argonauts could handle such a task.

And yet, the shrimpy sirens' call rang in our ears again as Red Lobster's annual promotion began anew.

Last year, we left an innocent world thinking we would happily munch on crustaceans for a couple of hours; instead, we entered a murky, briny alternate existence where the shrimp never stops. Three-hundred and five shrimp later, we wearily emerged from Red Lobster on that fated September night in 2016 into the blinking lights of Times Square.

When we returned this year, we had a sneaking suspicion that we never truly escaped the madness that is shrimp eternal. Come with us on this harrowing tale of shrimp and sacrifice: Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp, 2017.

© Hollis Johnson

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