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Olive Garden Offers Unlimited Pasta Membership and Sells Out Almost Immediately

Olive Garden announced earlier this week that you could buy a pass for $100 that would allow you seven weeks of as much pasta as you can cram in your craw. That's right, the "Never Ending Pasta Pass" was all the rage on the Internet Monday, with fans of the Italian restaurant clamoring to get their golden ticket of nearly two months of pure pasta gluttony. Well, if that sounds like a good time to you, we have some very bad news for you....

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The pasta passes went on sale Monday at 2 p.m., and sold out completely by the same afternoon. That means 1,000 people all hastily thought it would be a good idea to spend September 22 to November 9 eating as much pasta, breadsticks, salad, and Coke products as they could possibly stomach.

According to the company, there are about 150 different sauce and noodle combinations possible, which pans out to roughly one new pasta combo for all three meals every day for the entire seven week span. But, unless you already got a pass, you're going to have to eat a new pasta for every meal on your own.

Now the pasta pass website reads simply, "Sorry, the Never Ending Pasta Passes have sold out," with a promise to fans that staying connected via Twitter with the hashtag #PastaPass and via Facebook may yield the opportunity to get one of the highly coveted passes to pasta overload.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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