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 year’s cold, snowy start can only mean one thing: the climate deniers are coming out of hibernation to crow about how cold weather obviously means that global warming’s a hoax.
The conflation of local weather with larger climate patterns prompts an outpouring of misinformed glee that’s dreaded, in some circles, more than closed roads and power outages:
Is pointing out cold-weather as an argument against global warming any more annoying that pointing out warm day as proof of it?— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) January 2, 2014
And though by now it’s practically a cliche, it hasn’t stopped the denizens of Twitter, including Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) from thinking they’re being really clever:
"Global warming" isn't so warm these days. http://t.co/gOqr2RiuNJ— John Fleming (@RepFleming) January 2, 2014
The difference between people who believe in the 2nd coming of Jesus and those who believe in global warming is that Jesus will return.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 2, 2014
all who live in the midwest and northeast, Due to the effects of GLOBAL WARMING you will be experiencing a severe blizzard tonight, al gore
all who live in the midwest and northeast, Due to the effects of GLOBAL WARMING you will be experiencing a severe blizzard tonight, al gore— frank lazor (@franklazor) January 2, 2014
Next libtard that talks to me about global warming is going to get whacked. Been snowing in chicago since tuesday— Mike Detrick (@mikedetrick01) January 2, 2014
Thankfully, the Union of Concerned Scientists is on it:
For those asking "It’s cold and my car is buried in snow—is global warming really happening?" http://t.co/DHmmQqLReK— Concerned Scientists (@UCSUSA) January 2, 2014
With a foot of snow predicted for some areas of the Northeast, this one point from their explainer is particularly apt:
Hotter air around the globe causes more moisture to be held in the air than in prior seasons. When storms occur, this added moisture can fuel heavier precipitation in the form of more intense rain or snow.
Points to anyone who can trim that down to 140 characters or fewer.
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.