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.
In response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is asking the Interior Department’s inspector general to review “the extent to which the oil and natural gas industry exercised influence” over the development of drilling safety regulations.
In particular, Nelson wants to know if the industry has resisted fitting underwater wells with a device that remotely activates “blowout preventers” — shut-off valves that, in the event of an emergency, seal a wellhead and prevent oil gushers. At least two other countries require that underwater wells be equipped with an audio signal that remotely activates the preventer, but not the United States.
Nelson wants the inspector general to look into possible oil industry influence into that and “all other regulations relevant to blowout preventers and well controls.”
BP says it is unclear if the device would have prevented this spill, which is dumping over 200,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf every day. The acoustic switches cost about $500,000 each, which is decimal dust compared to what the oil spill will cost.
Here is Nelson’s letter to the inspector general:
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.