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.
Last night in New York, Madison Square Garden rocked to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey with an enormous roster of veteran talent that one friend jokingly described as AARP’s A-list (Alicia Keys and Kanye West excepted). The playlist favored the classics — the Stones, a Beatle, the remaining two members of the Who, but Pete Townshend was mindful to amend his timeless anthem to address their reason for being there: “It’s only Sandy wasteland.” And the performers hit all the right notes — moving (Billy Joel, below, will still melt even the most cynical New York crowd with “New York State of Mind”), rousing (Jersey guys Bruce and JBJ, Alicia Keys closing the concert, leading everyone in “Empire State of Mind II”), surprising (Michael Stipe pops in on a solo acoustic Chris Martin) — and one deeply odd one, the much anticipated mashup of a Beatle knight, Sir Paul McCartney, and two grunge-y Nirvanans, who performed a song they wrote together. It was not exactly inspiring. Just … weird. The concert was live broadcast on TV and livestreamed on YouTube last night.
Here, the highlights:
Chris Martin got a surprise, when Michael Stipe popped in for a duet: ”Losing My Religion.”
New Jersey in the house: Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen sing “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
The Who rock “Pinball Wizard.”
Sir Paul jams with Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
Billy Joel croons “Merry Little Christmas” and “New York State of Mind.”
Adam Sandler sang a Sandy-inspired comedic rendition of “Hallelujah”
Kera Bolonik is a contributing writer at Salon. Follow her on Twitter @KeraBolonikMore Kera Bolonik.
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.