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.
This year’s Oscars continued a familiar tradition — running lengthy clip sequences at the expense of Oscar winners’ speeches — this year, winners have been interrupted by intrusive music and mic cuts as they thank their friends, family and colleagues.
The “Life of Pi” team accepting the best visual effects trophy was cut off by the gradually swelling music from “Jaws” — no bland, non-threatening exit music this year! — and, as one of the “Life of Pi” team attempted to speak over the music, the mic was cut.
“Poor thing,” Nicole Kidman appeared to say in a mute reaction shot.
The same exact thing, less the Nicole Kidman cutoff, happened to the makers of “Searching for Sugar Man,” the best documentary feature.
Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s opening number featured numerous musical numbers — including one mocking actresses who’d played nude, in an apparent tribute to the theory of the male gaze — and cutaways to William Shatner, and a lengthy medley of songs from “Les Misérables.”
Notoriously, the songwriters behind “Once” were cut off in 2007 after winning the best original song trophy and Jon Stewart ushered them back to fully thank their colleagues.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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.