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 Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has dropped a series of “emergency” regulations around abortion providers that would have shuttered many of the clinics in the state.
As Andrea Grimes at RH Reality Check reports, the announcement came less than 24 hours before a public hearing on the new rules.
“The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is rescinding its November 2013 emergency rule for outpatient abortion facilities licensing standards,” spokesperson Olivia Watkins said in a statement on the decision. “The Department will reissue a revised rule and notice of intent at a later date.”
Like similar measures passed by lawmakers in Texas and elsewhere, the DHH regulations would have shuttered clinics through a series of arbitrary requirements about paperwork and the size of the facilities. A previous version of the regulations included a mandatory blood test that would have imposed a 30-day waiting period for women seeking an abortion.
Reproductive justice advocates from across the state had gathered in Baton Rouge for the Tuesday hearing, and are now planning a rally to celebrate the DHH announcement.
“DHH tried to derail this movement by canceling the hearing late in the evening,” said New Orleans Abortion Fund board member Amy Irvin in a press release. “NOAF will continue to hold DHH and all Louisiana officials accountable for transparent, democratic proceedings that are done in good faith.”
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.