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.
Ending a temporary break from writing, Nate Silver has taken to the digital pages of ESPN’s Grantland to offer his assessment of the “six big takeaways from the government shutdown.” As anyone familiar with Silver’s work might expect, his estimation of the crisis differs considerably from that of most pundits.
For one thing, Silver argues that the shutdown is likely not as big of a deal as many believe. While he grants that a debt-ceiling breach or a long-term shutdown would likely have significant effects on the 2014 election, Silver says a short-term shutdown “might turn out to have a relatively minor impact by November 2014.”
For another, Silver says the political consequences of the last government shutdown in 1995 are “overrated in Washington’s mythology.” While the conventional wisdoms states that that government shutdown greatly contributed to Bill Clinton’s reelection in 1996, the evidence for the claim, Silver says, is thin. “Clinton’s approval ratings were somewhat higher a few months after the shutdown than a few months beforehand,” Silver writes, ”but this was part of a relatively steady, long-term trend toward improved approval ratings for Clinton, probably because of solid economic growth.”
Silver goes on to argue that the likelihood of Democrats retaking control of the House in the 2014 election remains very slim; that the polling data available thus far on the shutdown is “not yet all that useful”; that President Obama’s newly stiffened spine is more likely the consequence of his already being reelected, not a “change of heart”; and that the GOP’s radicalism is without recent precedent and makes predictions harder to make.
Ultimately, Silver concludes, “there’s a lot we don’t know.”
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.