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.
We’ve had a lot of people e-mailing us today about what is supposedly a list of books that Sarah Palin tried to have banned when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. So let’s get this on the record: The list is fake.
Now, it is true that Palin brought up the possibility of banning books from Wasilla’s library on three occasions, and got a negative reaction from the city librarian.
But Palin never seems to have mentioned specific books. And the list itself contains some items that should set off red flags. For instance, it includes several books in the Harry Potter series that were published after Palin made her inquiries in 1996. Debunking specialist Snopes notes, “Versions of this list have been circulating since at least as far back as 1999, and [it] is actually a catch-all collection of titles said to be ‘books banned at one time or another in the United States.’”
It is interesting to see one way in which the e-mail campaign against Barack Obama can be turned against the right. But this is actually one case in which truth may be more disturbing than fiction. It doesn’t look like Palin had any specific books in mind; instead, it seems as if Palin just liked the idea of banning books generally.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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.