My grandpa used to quote an old radio show all the time, one that debuted when he was a kid. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" he'd tell me, and I had no idea what he was talking about, but assumed that The Shadow somehow knew that my next-door neighbor had stolen a package of Big League Chew from a gas station.
The Shadow might also know what kind of internal torment made a woman dip a chicken tender into her soda while she sat in the stands at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. "Who does this?" one person wrote on Twitter, asking the first question that went through all of our minds. (The second question is "Which one is she trying to ruin: the tender or the Coke?")
@ everyone watching the US Open, did anyone else see that psychopath dipping her chicken tenders in soda?— Little Jimmy (@littlejimmy9) September 3, 2018
Now that you've recoiled in horror, meet Alexa Greenfield. The 26-year-old is the Tender Dunker, and she reached out to the New York Post, apparently after friends told her that they'd seen her onscreen. She was sitting with her nephews at the tournament, and she said she warned them about what she was going to do, before the corner of that tender touched the top of her drink.
"I started off by sitting with them and was like, 'Listen guys, I'm about to do something really weird, it's a really big secret, you can't tell anyone,'" she told the Post. "'I'm a little embarrassed about it. Keep it on the down-low. It's a secret.'" She also confessed that she doesn't actually drink the soda — she buys it just for chicken-dunking. (NOTE TO CONCESSIONS VENDORS: PLEASE DO NOT SELL CHICKEN TENDERS OR SODA TO THIS WOMAN.)
Well, it was a secret, until she was caught on camera — and until Twitter noticed what she was up to. Who knows what secrets lurk in the hearts of men? Or in the stands at the U.S. Open? Even the Shadow would be clueless about that last one.