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.
France’s President Francois Hollande plans to ban school homework. It’s not just the populist move of the century to win the hearts of soon-to-be voters, Hollande’s plan aims to assert greater equality in the education system.
The recently elected socialist president announced his education reform proposal last week. “An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home,” Hollande said. Under the plan, the school week would be slightly extended to compensate for axing homework.
France’s Education Minister Vincent Peillon told Le Monde, the state needs to “support all students in their personal work, rather than abandon them to their private resources, including financial, as is too often the case today.” The Wall Street Journal’s opinion section — displaying expected ideological opposition to Hollande’s socialist agenda — called Hollande “out of step” and noted that “more than two-thirds of the country would oppose the ban, according to an Ifop poll.”
Hollande also wants to add 60,000 teaching positions to the French school system in coming years.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email email@example.com.More Natasha Lennard.
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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.
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Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.