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.
Salon readers take on Marco Rubio’s thirst and the Pope’s retirement:
Cuban songbird Rubio, on the wing,
Wet his whistle the better to sing.
But there’s many a slip
Twixt the cup and the lip
And the bottle of Poland Spring.
Wednesday the Pope did decree,
“Lent begins for you and for Me.”
So began the Papal writ,
But soon His Holy quit,
“In March this won’t pertain to Me”
South Portland, Maine
Aghast we all heard from the Pope,
To continue His role, He’d said nope.
A change of His heart,
(Surgery was a part),
Six hundred years broken (we’ll cope.)
Send entries to email@example.com along with your name and hometown. The deadline is Friday at noon eastern and we’ll publish our favorites on Sunday. Poems may be edited for clarity or scansion. Good luck!
Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.More Alex Halperin.
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.