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.
Mad magazine, oft credited as the pioneer of satire and absurdism in mainstream American culture, celebrated its 60-year anniversary in 2012. Now, thanks to a Kickstarter project, a documentary is in the works to explore the influence of the comedic mainstay since its inception in 1952.
“When We Went MAD” will include interviews with 20 original and current Mad contributors, including Al Jaffee, Mort Drucker and Dick DeBartolo. It’ll also cover all six decades of Mad’s history, following “Totally MAD: 60 years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity,” a 2012 anthology devoted to “the thousands of jokes that have died on the pages of MAD.”
More on the project, below:
Self-proclaimed Mad magazine enthusiast and filmmaker Alan Bernstein is the force behind the project, along with Mad Cover Site creator Doug Gilford, who together opened a Kickstarter project requesting $50,000 in donations to fund it. More than 500 backers responded, donating $52,263 (and there’s still 72 hours left to contribute).
For a preview of what the documentary might offer, watch a series of interviews Bernstein recorded with Mad contributors a few years ago:
Writer Neil Gaiman, for one, is excited:
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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.