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.
If you’re skittish about tech stocks, invest your money in first-edition hardcovers of “Fight Club.” Fox 2000′s film version of Chuck Palahniuk’s gritty novel will appear next month and will star Brad Pitt and Ed Norton. Specialty bookstores are already offering first editions of the book for up to $75 each.
“Prices for the book depend on the movie, and in this case everyone says good things about the movie,” says Craig Graham, whose Los Angeles store, Vagabond Books, is selling a first edition of “Fight Club” for $70. “If it’s a good movie, things can be kind of explosive.” Another store, Positively Books in Portland, Ore., is selling a first edition, signed by the author, for $105.
Scarcity, as well as hype, has boosted the value of copies of “Fight Club.” The paperback, published by Henry Holt and Company in 1997, is hard to find, and delivery of the second edition has been postponed until October. (Supposedly, Holt and Fox 2000 still haven’t settled on the cover, which may or may not feature Pitt and Norton, although a Holt spokeswoman refused to comment on the matter.)
Meanwhile, W.W. Norton & Company, who published the hardcover of “Fight Club,” is reaping the rewards. The book sold only around 5,000 copies when it was first published in 1996, but recently it’s become a real contender. “There has been a quantum leap in demand for this book,” Norton’s director of publicity, Louise Brockett, told Salon Books. “We sold 149 copies of it yesterday. Yesterday. One day. That’s an indication of what’s been going for the past two months.”
Craig Offman is the New York correspondent for Salon Books.More Craig Offman.
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.