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.
Since its first publication in 1951, “The Catcher in the Rye” has become one of the most iconic American novels — and not only because of J.D. Salinger’s words. The original art, by Salinger’s friend E. Michael Mitchell, depicts an angry red merry-go-round horse against a black-and-white cityscape — and it remains one of the most recognizable book covers of the 20th century: violent, visually arresting and beautiful.
Salinger was highly opinionated about the jacket design of his book. Being notoriously uncomfortable with fame, he asked to have his image taken off the dust jacket, and he objected to James Avati’s art for the paperback (he didn’t want any art on it at all). When Salinger switched to Bantam Press, the book was published with just a red cover, title and author name. “The Catcher in the Rye” has since appeared in many editions, in many countries, and we’ve assembled some of the most memorable jackets here (along with one recent homage on the cover of Frank Portman’s novel, “King Dork”).
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.