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.
May saw an uptick of 0.3 percent in consumer spending in the United States, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That figure follows a revised 0.3 percent drop in April, which was previously reported to have declined 0.2 percent.
Consumer spending amounts to 70 percent of economic activity in the US. Reuters noted that while the pace has slowed since the first part of 2013, it is still likely to drive growth.
Commerce Dept. figures also showed that income grew by 0.5 percent in May.
Applications for unemployment benefits from workers fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000 in the week ending on June 22.
It’s hoped that employers will begin to take to hiring again on the heels of the news, wrote Bloomberg.
“The broad trend still remains lower” for jobless claims, Jacob Oubina, senior economist at RBC Capital Markets LLC, told Bloomberg. “That’s going to continue to support net payroll gains.”
May saw employers add 175,000 new jobs to payrolls, noted Reuters. For comparison, job gains have averaged about 172,000 in the past year.
The unemployment rate stood at 7.6 percent in May, according to the Labor Department.
The latest figures follow a Wednesday report which said US economic growth was slower than expected in the first quarter, with a projected annual growth of only 1.8 percent, as well as a sluggish 2.6 percent growth in consumer spending.
It’s hoped that consumer spending will increase as America adjusts to new taxes and federal spending cuts, which were implemented earlier in 2013.
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.
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