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.
The flow of gas has stopped from a damaged oil well and the fire is almost extinguished on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that caught fire Tuesday.
The rig, which is about 60 miles south of the Louisiana coast, has partially collapsed due to the heat of the flames. According to CNN the fire began after the rig hit an “unexpected pocket of gas.” All 44 workers who were on the rig at the time were safely evacuated.
The [Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement] said Wednesday that the only contamination so far had been a light sheen on the ocean that appeared to dissipate quickly. No oil was being released, the BSEE said. The rig’s owner, Hercules Offshore, said Wednesday that it had brought in an environmental expert to keep an eye on wind and ocean conditions to track any possible contamination.
The well was stopped up naturally by sediment and sand that flowed into it, the BSEE said. It was not immediately clear what steps would now be taken to secure the well.
Gulf of Mexico accidents inevitably conjure thoughts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, which let more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf before the well was capped.
Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.More Alex Halperin.
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.