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.
I always find it weird when people complain about movies cashing in on our childhood nostalgia. Were Saturday morning cartoons so sacred that a crappy summer movie will forever taint our image of “Alvin and the Chipmunks”? Garfield and Marmaduke may have made terrible CGI stars, but it’s not like I was so smitten with their comics anyway. (We get it, cat, you like lasagna.)
When “Transformers” arrived in theaters in 2007, there was an audible sigh of relief that the movie, while geared to Michael Bay’s explosion-fetishist fans, still adhered to its “source material.” Meaning what, exactly: That there were cars that turned into robots? That there was an actual narrative arc revolving around characters created by a Japanese toy company? Or something else?
Sometimes these nostalgia films become franchises and sometimes you end up with “The Last Airbender.” Here is our tribute to the good, the bad and the just plain weird (“Boris and Natasha,” anyone?”) of kids’ culture adapted for the big screen.
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.