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.
Maggie Smith, known to “Downtown Abbey” fans as the acerbic, quick-witted Dowager Countess, recently admitted that she has never even seen an episode of the Emmy Award-winning show. In a recent interview with “60 Minutes’” Steve Kroft (to be aired Sunday), she admitted: “I don’t sit down and watch it.”
“You must be the only person in England who’s not watching,” said Kroft, surprised.
And in the most Maggie Smith-like delivery ever, she replied, “Well, that’s a record then, isn’t it, of some sort.” She added,“I always see things that I would like to do differently and think, ‘Oh, why in the name of God did I do that?’”
Like her staunch character, Smith isn’t one for Hollywood fanfare in general, though. She has long shirked awards shows, including this year’s Golden Globes, where she won Best Supporting Actress for the very role she’s never seen herself play.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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.