2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Topics: Entertainment News
The developers of Divx, a for-rent version of digital video disks that proved unpopular from the start, pulled the plug on the new technology on Wednesday after failing to attract enough retailers and movie studios.
Circuit City and a Los Angeles entertainment-law firm withdrew Divx two years after launching plans to make a DVD that can be viewed once and then thrown away.
Divx was mired in controversy from the start. The Divx encryption technology required specially encoded discs and players; in addition, the new DVDs didn’t work on existing DVD players that people already bought, threatening to confuse consumers over what to buy.
Circuit City, a major consumer electronics chain, said movie studios didn’t make enough movies to play in the format, and other stores failed to come on board.
“Despite the significant consumer enthusiasm, we cannot create a viable business without support in these essential areas,” said Richard Sharp, chief executive of Circuit City Stores and the Divx venture, called Digital Video Express.
Digital Video Express will provide a $100 cash rebate to all consumers who purchased Divx-enhanced players prior to today. Circuit City announced this morning that it will take a $114 million charge to shut down the business.
Digital video discs look like audio CDs, but store information on both sides and are promoted as the replacement to videos on tape. In addition to greater storage capacity, they offer superior movie images and sound, and viewers can skip to any scene.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.