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.
What exactly is it about a Google Maps mashup that makes it addictive?
I found myself asking this question after playing around with a new offering from the World Bank that integrates various World Bank project databases with a Google Maps interface. What happens if you click on Togo? Or Mongolia? One must know!
The answer is an odd mix of data, World Bank public relations, and drier-than-sawdust reports about thousands of World Bank-funded development projects scattered across the globe. So, for example, you can discover that the literacy rate in Gabon as of 2004 was 84 percent while average life expectancy was 53.8 years, or you could learn that in July the World Bank launched a series of workshops in public financial management in Iraq. Or you could find yourself just three clicks away from an 11-page paper describing the ins and outs of a renewable energy rural electrification project in Mongolia.
Wind turbines for nomads. I had no idea.
You can find all the above-referenced information the old-fashioned way on the World Bank’s Web site, but not easily. Organizing the data spatially via as simple an interface as Google Maps makes a remarkable difference in accessibility. If at some point in the future I find myself wanting to know what the World Bank is up to in Tonga I will have no hesitation in calling up The World Bank. Mapped. In the meantime, purely as a serendipity generator, the mashup is neat. And of course, makes me yearn for more — let’s get all the data, that everyone has, plugged in!
But my favorite part is the disclaimer:
This map is powered by Google Maps. Country borders or names do not necessarily reflect the World Bank Group’s official position.
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.