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.
Reuters reports today that a polite but laconic one-sentence letter from J.D. Salinger to his maid is currently listed on eBay with a $50,000 price tag. As the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff wryly notes, that’s “about $2,083.33 a word” — no small sum for a glorified kitchen-counter memo (albeit one left behind by an iconic literary hermit).
Other historical items listed on eBay by the same dealer are are even more expensive. Among them is a note ostensibly sent by Herman Melville to his publisher, George P. Putnam, which reads only, “Dear Sir: Re-enclosed is the proof. Very truly yours, H Melville.” It can be yours for $95,000 — plus $19 shipping and handling.
If your tastes run more to the political, a document described as bearing George Washington’s signature can be obtained for $150,000; a telegram “signed and annotated” by Lenin in 1921 is available for the slightly lower fee of $110,000.
By these standards, seller History for Sale’s less expensive items — such as this autographed note from Wolf Blitzer, advertised at $69 — are downright affordable.
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.