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.
Terrorists, assassins, superheroes, zombies, lizard-gnomes, filthy rich oil moguls and hapless marketing executives — the fall TV lineup has them all! Don’t let anyone give you the impression that you’re in for the same old game of cops and lawyers this year. Sure, there are tons of shoot’em-ups and legal dramas on the horizon, too, but if you cast aside new spins on the same old formulas (Lawyers … in Las Vegas! Detectives … who used to be neurosurgeons!), you’ll find a wealth of odd entertainments in store for you, from a mysterious prep school policed by hideous reptiles (Cartoon Network’s “Tower Prep”) to the real zombified housewives of Atlanta (“The Walking Dead”).
Will any of these comedies and dramas be worth watching over the long haul? We’ll put our money on the shows on this list with a grade A or better. The rest, we’ll leave to the fickle whims of fate, merciless network executives, fatigued TV writers and huddled masses of viewers yearning to watch “Glee.”
Heather Havrilesky is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The Awl and Bookforum, and is the author of the memoir "Disaster Preparedness." You can also follow her on Twitter at @hhavrilesky.More Heather Havrilesky.
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.
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.