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.
Sometimes a dance is just a dance.
In this case, it’s a dance between two male security guards that Edward Jay Epstein, in his New York Review of Books piece suggesting the rape charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn were the result of a political conspiracy, described as three minutes long. Inconveniently, it is actually about 13 seconds long, as we can see for ourselves from the video the Sofitel has now released to French television. The NYRB has already issued a correction.
We can surmise that Epstein never saw the video, but rather had it described to him by an interested party. The length of the video aside — how much victory dance can two American men stomach? — it’s likely that no one will change their mind based on this footage.
It seems hard to believe that two security guards would clasp each other this way to congratulate themselves on keeping a socialist out of office. It seems likelier that this was about sports. But opinions on this matter have always been fairly rigid and polarized.
It’s worth noting, though, that even Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers are distancing themselves from Epstein’s suggestion that DSK was been set up by his political enemies — instead of, as prosecutors initially alleged, orally raping Nafissatou Diallo in his hotel room. A member of his defense team told Europe 1 radio, “I have no proof there is a conspiracy.” We do have proof, however, of DSK’s belief in his irresistibility.
Irin Carmon is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @irincarmon or email her at email@example.com.More Irin Carmon.
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.