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.
Couples across Hawaii began exchanging vows as the clock struck midnight on Monday, signaling the official start of marriage equality in the state.
“We have lived our lives as first-class citizens who are law-abiding, taxpaying, and contributing members of the community,” said one of the couples, Donna Gedge and Monica Montgomery, in a prepared statement. “Yet we are legally recognized as second-class citizens as we do not have Federal rights. Getting married means that we will have the first-class legal status as well as the rights and benefits that only marriage will afford us.”
Lawmakers passed marriage equality in November, after Gov. Neil Abercrombie called a special session specifically to address the matter.
The move is a boon for equal rights in the state, but it may also be a great move for Hawaii’s economy, according to Sumner Lacroix, an economist at the University of Hawaii.
“Same sex couples will be attracted to Hawaii for the same reasons that opposite sex couples are attracted to Hawaii,” Lacroix told NPR. “It’s the great weather, it’s the warm water, it’s the beautiful scenery. And it’s also the aloha spirit.”
Lacroix estimates that gay marriage will boost tourism in Hawaii by $217 million over the next three years.
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.