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.
I think the inflation rate should at least be above zero before we start worrying that it’s gotten out of control. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Yes, the so-called core inflation rate — which excludes food and energy prices — fell by 0.1 percent in May. The news supports the argument made by Paul Krugman and others that there is no reason to worry — at this time — that Obama’s deficit spending will spawn an inflation apocalypse in the near future.
But the alternative thesis for why interest rates on long-term bonds have been rising lately — that it is a sign of confidence that the the economy is poised for recovery — is also suspect. Sure, housing starts rose by a robust 17 percent in May (fueled mostly by apartment-complex groundbreaking), but that’s measured against April of this year. Measured against May of last year, they fell 45 percent. Industrial production is also down.
Bottom line: Today’s economic data do not give us reason to be optimistic about the economy or pessimistic about the chances for rising inflation.
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.