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.
When it comes to pop music, assembling a best-of list can be awfully difficult these days. Everyone is obsessing about their own iPod playlists, and, given the breadth of options, few people can agree on the appeal of individual artists — let alone albums or singles. That’s why we decided to ask some of our favorite established and innovative artists, as well as a few of our favorite music writers, which songs blew their mind this year. Unsurprisingly, the picks from Girl Talk, Annie, Duran Duran’s John Taylor and our 18 remaining contributors had little in common, ranging from the well known (The National, Lady Gaga) to the stubbornly obscure (Anika, Io Echo). (Though one expletive-laced track managed to draw in both Taylor Hanson and Outkast’s Big Boi — you might know which one)
Click below to get started — and let us know about your own picks in the letters section.
John S. W. MacDonald is a New York-based freelance writer who has contributed to Spin and the New York Times among other publications.
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.