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.
Tina Fey has been bringing attention to the lack of women’s roles in American comedy (both on-screen and off), but it turns out Britain might be even worse off. Britain has a brilliant comic tradition — Monty Python, Russell Brand, those two guys from “Peep Show”– but you’d be hard-pressed to think of a woman famous for her comedy, aside from Jennifer Saunders from “Absolutely Fabulous.”
And it’s not getting better. One of the largest attempts to encourage British female comedians are the “Funny Women Awards,” a “Last Comic Standing”-type event that bills itself as “the UK’s leading female comedy brand.” This year, the show is charging its contestants an entry fee of $30, causing some funny people to get serious on Twitter. Three British female comedians took offense to this “pay to play” idea, with Shappi Khorsandi, Sarah Millican and Jo Caulfield telling women not to enter the contest, which is run by a woman herself. Khorsandi even wrote, “Aspiring comics! Never pay to enter a competition! Buy a new hat instead,” which seems a little demeaning in its own right. Others claimed that men would never be forced to pay $30 for a comedy competition.
Lynne Parker, who started Funny Women in 2003, took to her blog, calling these women stereotypical of “bitchy irrational female comedian more interested in gossip than developing a professional profile.” She has since taken the post down and apologized, claiming she was “cyber-bullied” into writing a “emotional, knee-jerk” response.
It’s sad when women try to help women get a leg up in the comedy world, and the whole thing devolves into name-calling and victimization. It turns out we don’t need men to keep us out of the comedy world: We’re doing a damn fine job of it ourselves.
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.