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.
Country singer Trace Adkins last night addressed criticism he received for wearing a Confederate Flag earpiece to the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree lighting in New York earlier this week. In a personal note on his Web site, Adkins clarified that he objects to “oppression of any kind,” and that the flag instead represents “remembrance of my Southern lineage.” ”I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle,” he wrote. “To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense.”
In his note, Adkins, who is now on USO tour in Japan, advocated an “honest conversation about our Country’s history.” This is the second time in recent months that a Southern musician has attempted to strip the Confederate Flag of its controversial association with the slavery of the antebellum south. And Abraham Lincoln, for one, isn’t buying it:
Explain all you want, Trace Adkins. The Confederate flag represents heritage to you, but hate, racism, and treason to most Americans.— Abraham Lincoln (@Mr_Lincoln) November 30, 2012
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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.