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.
According to Dr. Aarathi Prasad, menopause is an artifact from a time when resources were scarce and it was common for women to die young. But today, she says, when life expectancy can stretch into the 100s and resources are plentiful for many women living in advanced economies, menopause is no longer “normal for nature” and is something that can be “overcome” by nature or science.
“The mood of scientists working on this and looking to the future is we will either technologically or scientifically evolve out of the menopause,” she told an audience at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts this week.
The Telegraph goes on to report more of her remarks on why menopause is no longer “necessary” from an evolutionary perspective:
“When menopause evolved, women probably died ten years before it happened, it hit in your 50s, on average,” she went on. “If you’re looking at a future where women are going to live to 100, that’s half your life when the rest of your body functions perfectly well and your ovaries don’t.
“And it’s not just reproduction. The menopause brings an increased risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
The biologist and science writer concluded her remarks with an assessment of menopause that many women who have experienced it would likely agree with: “Is [menopause] something necessary or beneficial for us?” she asked the audience. “I do not see any benefits.”
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.