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.
Psst, wanna buy a Principality of Sealand passport? If you’re a criminal and you’re not very bright, you probably do, don’t you? Well, too bad, because Sealand doesn’t exist, and the head of its “consulate” just got arrested.
Francisco Trujillo Ruiz was arrested in Madrid recently for allegedly selling passports to his imaginary principality to common criminals. According to a Reuters report, Ruiz was posing as consul for the Sealand Consulate in central Madrid.
How did a government that doesn’t exist get its own consulate? Good question. Ruiz must be quite a talker, because the Sealand Consulate not only sold passports but also owned two “government” cars with diplomatic license plates — which, on important occasions, received escort by Spanish police.
According to the consulate’s “official” Web site, Sealand was founded in the 1970s by Briton Paddy Roy Bates, is located on an old military platform in the Thames estuary, has its own flag and issues passports to those in need of alternative citizenship. What’s more, it follows international law, too.
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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.