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.
An engine fire has left a Carnival cruise ship drifting off the coast of Mexico. A total of 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew have been stranded on the Triumph since Sunday morning, enduring sweltering indoor temperatures, limited access to food and very few working toilets. A rescue attempt was recently derailed by strong currents that pushed the ship another 90 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, foiling plans to tow it to shore.
Another tow boat is expected to reach the stranded ship Thursday, but it’s only Tuesday.
Passengers have been able to communicate with friends and family about the conditions on board, and it sounds like a serious (gross) nightmare.
“Conditions are getting worse by the hour,” passenger Debra Rightmire texted to ABC News. “Cabin carpets are wet with urine and water. Toilets are overflowing inside cabins. We are having to sleep in the hallways.”
But Carnival is in serious damage control mode, trying to minimize Internet chatter about foul conditions aboard the Triumph. “Currently, public and cabin toilets are operational in certain sections of the ship, power has been restored to a limited number of elevators and power in the Lido dining area is providing for hot coffee and limited food service,” Carnival said in a statement on its website.
But reports from multiple passengers suggest they are using, well, plastic bags in lieu of toilets.
While they wait for a second attempt to bring them ashore, this time to Alabama, those on board are expressing frustration — but also gratitude for Carnival staff and fellow passengers. So save your “Lord of the Flies” comparisons, at least for the time being.
“People are being good — crew is so unselfish and working so hard,” Joy Dyer said in a text to the Guardian on Monday. “People starting to get more irritable, and others showing more kindness.” Dyer did add that she was worried about how long the honeymoon period would last:
“I fear a couple of days from now when people start going crazy.”
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.