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.
Sources close to the investigation disclosed today that Jared Loughner researched lethal injection and solitary confinement in the days and weeks before his shooting rampage in Tucson. He also looked up information about past political assassins.
The information was obtained by police after a search of his laptop. Prosecutors hope to use the evidence to prove that Loughner was sane enough to understand that his actions would have consequences.
It all adds an additional level of complexity to the Loughner’s public persona that’s been developed over the past few weeks. His peers have indicated that he grew increasingly isolated over the past year, with some contending that he was losing his grip on reality. But this new information suggests that he was aware of the potential consequences of his actions — a detail that complicates the potential for an insanity plea. Perhaps these details also mean that he believed the assassination of a public figure was worth jail time or possibly even the death penalty.
Loughner’s next hearing is scheduled for March 9 in Tucson.
Justin Spees is an editorial fellow at Salon.More Justin Spees.
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.