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.
Google launches a new service today that may strike fear into the hearts of Voice over IP (VoIP) services everywhere. The company is integrating Google Voice with Gmail, which means users can now make calls to any phone number in the United States and Canada from their computers … for the grand total of nothing. That’s right: free phone calls from Gmail.
If you call a number outside of those countries, Google will charge as little as two cents a minute. But hey, now you don’t even have to leave your e-mail screen to call your buddies vacationing in Europe.
But wait, there’s more! Ever wonder what happened to phone booths? Apparently somebody at Google felt nostalgic — or they were a big Bill and Ted fan — so the company also announced red Google Voice phone booths will be installed at airports and universities. The phone booths will allow people to try out Google Voice and pretend to be Superman at the same time.
To get started with Google’s new toy, you have to first install the plug-in. PC World covers more details on the service, although it also reports Gmail calling isn’t quite ready for business customers using Google Apps. Engadget delivers its first impressions of the call feature in action. The blog GilsMethod wonders if Google Voice just killed Skype, the current leader in VoIP technology. Check out a video of Search Engine Land trying out the phone booth:
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.