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.
The “Harry Potter” series of books has grown and evolved with an entire generation of young people, not to mention the slightly older folks who found themselves just as entranced by Harry, Hermione, Ron, and the rest. The movie series has consistently outstripped its competition, and it’s likely that the last two films will decimate the box office. Part one of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be released in November, and Internet denizens got their first look last night when the trailer premiered. The lead actors look mature and engaged, the effects go much, much bigger, and the scope of these last two movies goes way beyond the typical school year at Hogwarts. There’s a war on, and we’re going to see it.
Response has been (mostly) rapturous, illustrated by Entertainment Weekly’s coining of “goosebumples” to describe their reaction. One rabid “Potter-”phile in the Salon office actually teared up. HollywoodNews.com has celeb Twitter reaction, the Guardian calls the tone of the trailer “histrionic,” and an interview with the cast was conveniently posted on Technorati this morning. Watch the trailer and cry (or don’t) for yourself!
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.