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.
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US President Barack Obama is slated to push his proposal for a minimum wage increase again Wednesday, this time before a group of governors meeting in Connecticut.
Obama and other Democrats want the federal wage raised from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, but most Republicans are opposed, saying it will cost too many jobs and hurt the still-fragile economy.
Some conservatives even want the concept eliminated entirely.
However, compared to other countries, America really isn’t paying its poorest workers all that much.
These nine countries pay a higher minimum wage than the United States, according to figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Wages were adjusted for purchasing power parity and used 2012 US dollars as the base year:
1. Luxembourg ($10.66/hour)
2. France ($10.60/hour)
3. Australia ($10.21/hour)
4. Belgium ($9.97/hour)
5. The Netherlands ($9.48/hour)
6. Ireland ($9.01/hour)
7. New Zealand ($8.62/hour)
8. United Kingdom ($7.88/hour)
9. Canada ($7.85/hour)
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.