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.
The Salon.com Reader’s Guide describes Will Self’s writing as “caustic, irreverent and satirical examinations of modern life, filled with characters whose grotesque obsessions and macabre activities make them symbols for a London society that’s rotting from the inside out.”
Born and raised in North London, Self is the author of numerous books including “The Quantity Theory of Insanity,” “Sweet Smell of Psychosis,” “Great Apes,” “Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys” and “My Idea of Fun.”
His third novel, “How the Dead Live,” brings us Lily Bloom, an aging, cantankerous American divorcée living with — and dying from — breast cancer in England. Her daughters are two miserable wenches, and the nurses keep her in a drugged state of reverie. In fact, much of the book follows Lily on a morphine-induced trip throughout the stages of her life. When she dies, Self takes us to the world of the dead, where the stubborn Lily must confront the demons of her lifetime and her new nonexistence.
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.