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.
Yesterday, in a long article for the relaunch of Newsweek, reporter Leah McGrath Goodman claimed that Dorian S. Nakamoto is the super-secretive mastermind behind Bitcoin. The reactions to Newsweek’s revelation of the so-called man behind the curtain of the virtual cryptocurrency have been swift and ever-changing.
It began with the Internet’s thrill over such a revelation coming from a publication that faced near extinction. Reporters too were whipped up into a frenzy, stalking the 64-year-old Dorian S. Nakamoto outside his Temple City, Calif., house and following him to a restaurant (resulting in the hashtag #bitcoinchase). And as Dorian S. Nakamoto denied being the founder (telling Los Angeles Times reporter Andrea Chang, “No no no I was never involved”), the skepticism set in. Here are the updates you need to know:
Questions of journalistic ethics were also raised:
The story remains nebulous at best. The opening scene of Goodman’s article quotes Dorian S. Nakamoto saying, ”I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it. It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection,” which does lead one to believe that he may have previously been involved. The world may never know.
Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email email@example.com.More Sarah Gray.
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.