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.
Gallup editor in chief Frank Newport explained to Marketplace this comprehension gap in terms of political pandering. A politician should “utter [free enterprise] and you’ll get a very positive response from every audience in this country” whereas capitalism is a far more divisive term, even though he admitted “some people might say they’re the same thing.” The discrepancy, Newport said, is “driven by partisanship.”
In its analysis, Gallup reaches the conclusion that:
Politicians seeking the most positive overall reaction from voters should choose to use the term “free enterprise” rather than “capitalism” in describing America’s prevailing economic system and preface mentions of the word “business” with the adjective “small.”
Also, big business should probably abandon its hopes of running for office and go back to making money.
Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.More Alex Halperin.
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.