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.
UPDATE: Grimm has finally offered a sincere apology, even going so far as to offer to take Scotto to lunch. Aww!
Here’s Scotto’s tweet announcing he had accepted Grimm’s mea culpa:
@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he "overreacted." I accepted his apology.— Michael Scotto (@mikescotto) January 29, 2014
There were roughly a quadrillion GOP rebuttals to the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, but the only response from a Republican that people are likely to remember came from New York Rep. Michael Grimm, who, while on camera, threatened to physically maim a NY1 reporter.
After NY1 journalist Michael Scotto attempted to transition his Q&A with Grimm from an assessment of the president’s State of the Union address to a discussion of Grimm’s alleged campaign finance violations, Grimm abruptly ended the interview. Apparently unaware that the camera was still running, Grimm then proceeded to loom menacingly over Scotto, telling him, “Let me be clear to you: You ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this fucking balcony.”
After Scotto responded, saying essentially that he was just doing his job, the two men spoke over one another for a moment before Grimm ended the debate with another dose of macho posturing. “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough,” Grimm told Scotto. “I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”
The altercation almost immediately went viral, but while one would expect a scandal-plagued Republican congressman — who represents a district that went for Obama, no less — to be conciliatory and apologetic in the wake of such a public meltdown, Grimm was anything but.
In a statement to the press, Grimm explained his side of the story:
I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.
So there you have it: Michael Grimm is the real victim here. And if you say otherwise, he’ll wring your freaking neck.
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.