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.
Aside from rats, dollar pizza shops and the homeless, New York City is also chock full of toxic waste sites, according to this new map from Property Shark. Helpfully plotted are Superfund and brownfield sites, solid waste and major oil storage facilities, along with areas polluted by tank failures and gasoline spills — including those containing MBTE.
For New York residents getting a uneasy feeling about the number of icons plotted on their block, Property Shark cautions that not all toxic sites are created equal. According to Nancy Jorisch, a senior data analyst for the company, “properties closest to manufacturing plants, gas stations and landfills have the highest amounts of potential toxicity,” while others are much more benign. Still, as ThinkProgress points out, these are a lot of environmental hazards for a city that’s particularly vulnerable to storm surges.
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.