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.
The mysterious appearance of two rare, giant oarfish off the coast of Southern California sparked rumors that an earthquake was soon to follow. As Salon wrote just three days ago:
A rumor circulating online … claims that in Japanese lore, beached oarfish portend earthquakes. Scientists contacted by ABC News could neither confirm nor deny the theory that the oarfish are seismologically attuned and committed suicide in anticipation of a quake, so we’ll have to just wait and see on that front.
It was mostly tongue-in-cheek. But those words are now a bit eerie, seeing as how a 7.3 magnitude earthquake just struck off the coast of Japan.
Naturally, the rumor mill’s back in action:
... not one day ago, a @Scripps_Ocean oceanographer "debunked" the ancient Japanese belief tying oarfish sightings to impending earthquakes.— Inkosi Inkosikazi (@AnonyNewsNet) October 25, 2013
Major earthquake hits off the coast of Japan -- just as the oarfish foretold!— Mark Masek (@CemeteryGuide) October 25, 2013
That last tweet, from Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Calif.), references retired geologist Jim Berkland, who claimed to have a system for using animal behavior to predict earthquakes.
“It’s probably just a coincidence,” Rick Feeney, a zoologist at the U.S. Natural History museum, recently said of the oarfish’s rumored ability to predict earthquakes. But was it? As Live Science reported Tuesday, there’s a long, anecdotal history of animals appearing to sense tremors. And in 2011, the last time a massive earthquake hit Japan, 20 beached oarfish were reportedly discovered shortly beforehand.
No immediate damage was detected on land from today’s earthquake.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.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.