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.
Unbeknown to most, some 100,000 European honeybees have taken up resident on the seventh floor rooftop of One Bryant Park. They’re busy at work pollinating its 6,000 square foot sedum and producing honey, which tenants of the building can expect to receive as a holiday gift. As The New York Times reports, the whole thing is almost too easy:
Beekeeping is a relatively cheap endeavor. It can cost just $125 to buy a package of bees, and there is no real maintenance involved. Bees are typically bred in the south and shipped north in April, sent to beekeepers in a cage the size of a lunch box that can be mailed through the United States Postal Service. To buy a mature hive that is already producing honey, like the ones the Durst Organization has, can cost $300 to as high as $1,000.
In New York, where bees have yet to face any food shortages, anyone can keep a beehive as long as it is registered with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and there is a water source, something as simple as a bucket filled with water.
The bees are Russian, and so are expected to survive the winter.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
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.