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.
Fox star and makeshift historian Bill O’Reilly has unveiled the subject of his next book, “Killing Jesus: A History,” which in December he teased would be “a blockbuster of epic proportions.” O’Reilly, who has clearly developed a formula for his best-selling historical “thrillers,” will follow up his “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy.”
But both came under serious fire. As former Salon politics editor Jefferson Morley pointed out, O’Reilly fabricated a story in “Killing Kennedy,” saying he heard an associate of Lee Harvey Oswald commit suicide when, in fact, O’Reilly did not. And Justin Elliott has noted that O’Reilly’s Lincoln assassination account was so grossly inaccurate that the historic site, the Ford Theater, refused to sell the book on its premises “because of the lack of documentation and the factual errors within the publication.”
It remains to be seen how O’Reilly will spin what publisher Henry Holt and Co. describes as the retelling of “the story of Jesus of Nazareth as a beloved and controversial young revolutionary brutally killed by Roman soldiers,” adding that “O’Reilly will recount the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable, and the changes his life brought upon the world for the centuries to follow.”
The book is due to hit shelves on Sept. 24.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at email@example.com.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.