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.
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, who has been hailed as Egypt’s Jon Stewart, was released on bail Sunday after being questioned for several hours over allegations that he has insulted Islam and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. The interrogation marks the latest in a series of arrests on journalists in Egypt, deepening concerns over censorship in the nation:
From the Guardian:
“It is the latest in a series of arrests of opposition activists, lawyers and politicians this week – and according to Egypt’s foremost human rights campaigner, it heralds the most serious affront to free speech since associates of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood assumed power last year. ‘This is the crackdown,’ said Heba Morayef, director of Human Rights Watch in Egypt.
Youssef rose to prominence after the country’s 2011 uprising. His show has more than 30 million viewers across the Middle East and he has been sued several times by private individuals. But this is the first time that the prosecutor general, Talaat Abdallah, has followed up one of the complaints with legal action – a symbolic gesture that suggests President Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist-led regime is now prepared to take a more authoritarian stance against its critics.”
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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.