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.
What a difference a couple of days of reasonably encouraging economic data makes! On Monday, I wrote that we would this week would tell us a lot about the direction the U.S. economy was headed. The data are now in, and it’s not too shabby. Wednesday, in particular, delivered strong readings on industrial activity and home construction that are swiftly making March’s slowdown look like a blip, instead of a relentless slide back into recession. Combined with a drop in oil prices to a six month low, it is suddenly possible to construct a narrative about the economy that is far more encouraging than what seemed possible as recently as last week.
A few highlights:
Does this mean it’s time to pop champagne bottles? Of course not. All we can really say with authority, as the always circumspect Capital Spectator notes, is that it is more difficult today to make the case “that a new downturn has started based on a preponderance of smoking guns in real time” that it was yesterday.
It may also already be too late for new data to make an impact on the political narrative. At this point in the election cycle, we’re getting pretty close to the stage where voter attitudes towards the economy have hardened firmly into place and won’t change all that much, no matter what happens to housing starts or industrial production between now and November. But politics aside, slow growth is better than no growth, and improving trends are a lot more fun to track than the alternative. The U.S. economy is significantly stronger than it was a year ago, and as of today, pointed in the right direction.
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.