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.
As our sibling the Fix reported this morning, Page Six says that “Blue Lagoon” actress Brooke Shields is pregnant with her second child. Ordinarily, this would not qualify as news. (If that kind of stuff qualified as news, we’d also report that on “Ellen” this morning it was heavily intimated that Gwyneth Paltrow is pregnant with her second child. But that’s not news. So it’s in parentheses.)
Shields’ pregnancy announcement is notable because of the very public battle she had with Hollywood’s favorite loon, Tom Cruise, this summer. Cruise — during his psycho shrieky couch-jumping media tour — lit into Shields after the publication of her book, “Down Came the Rain,” about her battle with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter, Rowan. Cruise, a Scientologist who does not believe in prescription medication to treat depression, suggested to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show that Shields’ advocacy of such healing was irresponsible and that she should have coped with her sometimes suicidal depression by taking vitamins and exercising. In response, Shields smacked Cruise down on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.
And now, she’s pregnant again.
A round of Paxil, all around.
Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.More Rebecca Traister.
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.