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 52 passengers trapped since Christmas Eve on a research ship mired in the Antarctic sea were successfully rescued Thursday morning. The whole disaster was ironic, according to known climate denier Donald Trump, because the ship’s mission was to study the region’s changing environment.
Get it? Their research was related to global warming, and they were stuck in ice.
This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2014
This isn’t the first time Trump has confused cold weather with larger climate patterns. Several years back, he suggested the Nobel committee take Al Gore’s prize back because it had been a particularly snowy winter.
He was correct that Antarctica recently set a record for lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth: a chilly 138.5 degrees Farenheit below zero. But over at the Guardian, Tony Press, chief executive of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre, explained why neither that nor the the trapped ship is likely to damage the overwhelming scientific understanding of climate change. “There has been an increase in snowfall in parts of the Antarctic, especially the east Antarctic where the ship is,” Press said, which can actually be attributed to warming temperatures. And the presence of sea ice there, he added, is dependent on “wind patterns, storms, tidal activity and ambient temperatures” — all of which are “variable, local conditions.”
What it comes down to is that Antarctica is cold. Reading anything more into the incident is, as Trump would say, bullshit.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.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.