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.
Beyoncé’s had a busy year — the singer, performing at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, delivered a memorable, and memorably less-than-live, rendition of the National Anthem at Barack Obama’s inauguration last week. For the first time since the lip-syncing scandal, the singer opened the floor to questions at a pre-Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans — but not before belting a live rendition of the National Anthem to assembled reporters.
The a cappella anthem didn’t stop the questions from a generally reverent press. “Did any sound come out of your vocal chords during the inauguration?” asked the most aggressive of the group.
“I did sing along with the pre-recorded track,” Beyoncé conceded tersely. She had previously noted, “I will absolutely be singing live. I am well rehearsed, and I will absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born for.” Another reporter compared her to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.
Though Beyoncé acknowledged that she had “haters” — “I love haters!” she told a group of reporters who lavishly praised her even as they asked about an embarrassing moment — she seemed little-prepared for much questioning. Asked by a Danish reporter what color her toothbrush was, she replied, “Blue? Blue and yellow, maybe.”
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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.