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.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee resigned from India’s Cabinet on Tuesday to run as the governing party’s candidate in next month’s presidential election.
Mukherjee handed his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of filing papers to contest the presidential post. Although largely a ceremonial role, the position gains importance in the event of a Parliament with no clear majority, when the president gets to decide which parties can form a government.
India is due to hold its next parliamentary elections in 2014.
Mukherjee also has the support of two major regional parties. His rival is Purno A. Sangma, a former speaker of the lower house of Parliament. Sangma is backed by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
Mukherjee, 77, was the main troubleshooter for the government in managing its fractious coalition partners. He told reporters that he was “ready to embark on a new journey.”
A governing Congress party veteran, Mukherjee has been a lawmaker since 1969. He held numerous Cabinet positions including defense, external affairs and commerce before being appointed finance minister in January 2009.
The Congress party did not immediately indicate who will replace Mukherjee as finance minister at a time of rising inflation, slowing growth and the declining value of the rupee.
India’s economic growth of 5.3 percent in the last quarter was the slowest in nine years.
The president is chosen by an electoral college composed of lawmakers from state assemblies and the federal Parliament. The election is scheduled for July 19.
The winner will succeed President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, India’s first female president, whose five-year term ends July 24.
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.