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.
Well, here’s occasion to break out the Carnival costumes and floats once more this year: Brazil just elected its first female president.
Dilma Rousseff’s win follows major global steps toward presidential parity: In 2006, Michelle Bachelet was elected as Chile’s first female president, and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became Argentina’s first female president in 2007. You might also have noticed that the 2008 U.S. election brought about many historic moments for women (so many, in fact, that some smart people have written whole books on that very subject). In the context of women’s advancement, her victory is certainly something to celebrate, as are her leftist, democratic aims — but Rousseff is also a more complex character than that narrative allows. As the Washington Post reports, she has quite the fabled past:
In the 1960s, with Brazil ruled by a military dictatorship, she joined a rebel movement and, according to Brazil’s military of the time, became an urban commander of the VAR Palmares organization that robbed banks and carried out assassinations. … After her capture by the security forces in 1970, she was tortured –including hanging upside down from a metal bar, her wrists wrapped to her ankles in an excruciatingly painful position called the “parrot’s perch.”
Rousseff, who campaigned on the promise of reducing poverty and giving the government greater economic control, has little in the way of actual political experience, but the 62-year-old was given an enormous boost by the endorsement of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the country’s celebrated outgoing president. Now, she says, “a new stage of democracy begins” — although, policy-wise, the new administration isn’t expected to differ much from the current one. Only, this time around, there will be a lady at the helm.
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.