The pockets of Guy Fieri's cargo shorts contain a cacophony of secrets. As the TV host slides across the USA searching for the enigmatic paradise of Flavortown, USA, he leaves more than just a slick trail of T.G.I. Fridays kitchen grease in his wake. Concealed by his backward glasses, Guy Fieri must be harboring one of the Internet's most talked about secrets. What else could possibly be behind there?
It's undeniable that Guy Fieri bears a striking resemblance to both Steve Harwell, the goateed Twitter champion behind the band Smash Mouth, and the Faygo-spraying king of the juggalos, Violent J. This has caused some people to speculate that the trio – the holy trinity of Flavortown – may actually all be the same person (or at the very least, clones).
The evidence supporting this theory is sprawling. From lonely nights spent browsing the T.G.I. Fridays menu for bottomless apps, to the curious fact that Harwell has found professional success in the same, wildly competitive fields as his brethren. Their existence is a haze of peroxide tips and facial hair so bizarre that it fits together like missing pieces of a puzzle.
All that glitters isn't gold.
It's obvious to most of us, but Guy Fieri, Steve Harwell and Violent J could easily be mistaken for identical triplets. It's not just their jovial plumpness or their around-the-mouth facial hair, it's their overall aesthetic.
They each share a strange propensity for wearing short-sleeved, button-up shirts emblazoned with flames (clothing most commonly seen during amateur night at the local bowling alley). Their peroxide hair is spiked proudly, as if modernity came crashing to a halt in the early 2000s, leaving a steaming pile of orange Cheeto dust in its wake.
Their sunglasses are so poignantly out of style, they presumably only shop for eyewear at CVS. It's safe to say their wardrobes are interchangeable, minus Violent J's makeup bags filled with face paint.
Steve Harwell is a gifted musician, though most people just think of him as that guy who scored the opening of Shrek. Though Harwell is primarily known as Smash Mouth's frontman, he's also a cookbook author. The only weird part is that his cookbook is basically the written incarnation of Guy Fieri's Food Network hit Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.
Amazon describes the book as "a unique fusion of delicious recipes, [and] hilarious real life road stories straight from 'The Mouth.'" If you haven't seen Fieri's show, it's basically that. The cover – with Harwell proudly throwing up the devil horns in a Hellscape of clip art flames – is undoubtedly the stuff of Fieri's most sensuous dreams (and eerily similar to this photo of Guy Fieri from Eater). The book even features "guest recipes" from the mayor of Flavortown himself.
So, Steve Harwell and Guy Fieri have actually been spotted in the same room (which doesn't prove they're not clones). They've actually been spotted together multiple times, most notably when someone on the Internet dared Harwell to eat a large amount of eggs for charity (which Guy Fieri cooked right in front of him) and the time Harwell popped in on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. The pair vehemently deny the claims that they're the same person, but what about Violent J?
Harwell himself alleged in a tweet that he has no idea whether or not Violent J is, in fact, the same person as his dear friend Guy Fieri. A quick Google search curiously shows no photos of Violent J and Guy Fieri in the same place at the same time.
Same people, same tastes. Not only are these men undeniable fans of early 2000s hairstyles, they also adore cheese. Seemingly, none of them are lactose intolerant – a condition that affects roughly 65% of the population – making the odds pretty slim that one of these men wouldn't have the milk sensitivity if they were, in fact, different people. So, how do we know they love cheese?
Well, Guy Fieri is regularly seen on TV shoveling cheese into his face while moaning "winner, winner chicken dinner" as if he just discovered the sweet nectar of Kraft singles. He also has a recipe called Mac Daddy Mac N' Cheese, implying that he is, in fact, the "Mac Daddy."
Violent J adores cheese. In a 2005 interview with The AV Club, the rap-rocker admitted that he hopes his last meal will be his mom's cheesy potatoes or, curiously, her "cheesy noodles."
"My last meal would be my mom’s cheesy potatoes. Hell yeah. My mom makes the best meal on the f*cking planet. Or the cheesy noodles. Either one of them is good, but I’m going with the cheesy noodles," he said.
As for Steve Harwell, his love for cheese is slightly less public. He posted a tweet celebrating national burrito day (and y'all know a burrito isn't complete without some melty pepper jack). Reddit users also remember a Kraft macaroni and cheese commercial which used Smash Mouth's famed song "All Star," but it's been mysteriously wiped from the web. Nonetheless, fans still regularly sing a version of the song that goes, "somebody once told me the world is macaroni."
These three men are seemingly connected, not just through their facial hair, but also through macaroni and cheese.