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.
In our recap of “The Newsroom”‘s second episode of the season, we noted that Maggie “explains to Sloane how you know if someone is screening your calls (it goes to voicemail after two or fewer rings).” Sloane, played by Olivia Munn, was shocked at this news, but it’s a fairly common observation.
So common, in fact, that it’s ground already trod by “Family Guy” five years ago! In a 2008 episode, Peter explains to his wife Lois how he knows that his phone calls to Jesus are going straight to voicemail, because the phone rings just twice. Video editor Dave Blair spotted the similarity and edited together “The Newsroom” and “Family Guy”‘s respective treatments of this modern — but not exactly new — conundrum.
Despite how seamlessly the two fit together, we can hardly presume that anything nefarious is going on. Indeed, given “Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin’s deep disdain for “snark” — as expressed in the third episode of the current “Newsroom” season, and constantly — it’s impossible to imagine him settling in for a night of Seth MacFarlane’s reruns on TBS. But someone in “The Newsroom” writers’ room might want to do a quick Google search the next time Sorkin, the screenwriter of “The Social Network,” thinks he’s noticed something new about technology.
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.