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.
Starting today, getting the full Orlando experience can include renting a Nissan Leaf. A new program, Drive Electric Orlando, is promoting itself as “the nation’s first large scale electric car initiative for tourists,” 57 million of which visit the city each year.
Orlando’s a good place to promote electric cars, writes the Orlando Sentinal, because the theme parks, convention center and hotels are all tightly clustered, well within the Leaf’s 100-mile range. And the city is already equipped with 300 charging stations.
The plan is to make the cars seem like a fun thing to try out, right along with the other thrill rides. Customers get free charging across the city, and some hotels offer extra perks like valet parking. But ultimately, the program sees itself as an “extended test drive” for future customers, who might decide to take this aspect of their vacation home with them.
So far, there are only 15 cars available to rent through Enterprise, but Chevy, which makes the electric Volt, just signed on as a partner.
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.