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.
Jay-Z may be a stratospherically popular rapper, and a memoirist, fashion mogul, club owner, and basketball team part-owner, still has a few more realms to conquer.
He’s beginning by signing New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano to his management company Roc Nation, which heretofore had not represented athletes. Roc Nation Sports, as the new business is called, will be a partnership with high-powered Hollywood agency CAA. CAA Sports’s agents, as ESPN points out, are broadly and deeply experienced, and Jay-Z reportedly intends to become a sports agent.
Cano has been an All-Star four times, including the last three seasons, and won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009. Meanwhile, Jay-Z plans to tour with Justin Timberlake — another over-burdened multihyphenate — this summer.
Rest assured, though, the rapper’s no stranger to baseball: his single “Brooklyn (Go Hard),” heard in trailers for an upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, plays with the name and reputation the first black MLB star. Jay-Z calls himself “the black Branch Rickey” — a reference to the pioneering Major League Baseball executive.
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.