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.
We know very little detail about Monday morning’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: We know more than four people were shot dead (possibly even six dead and up to 12 injured) by a gunman holding a double-barreled shotgun, who was himself shot dead. We know there are potentially two more gunmen at large and no motives or identities have been confirmed.
Ever resourceful, our nation’s reliable conspiracy theory machine has already been able to do much with this frail skeleton of information.
As our old friend Alex Seitz-Wald noted for the National Journal, Alex Jones, the godfather of false flag conspiracy theorizing, has already suggested that the shooting was planted by the government to distract the public from Syria debates and bolster Obama’s gun control push.
“It may be real crazies,” Jones at least admitted, “but look at the timing. Obama rolling out a national campaign against guns yesterday, and then this happens,” he said.
Meanwhile one video, flagged by conspiracy theory peddlers “Before its News” took video footage of a reporter laughing with a near-the-scene witness as evidence that the two men were staged actors:
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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.