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.
At-home 3-D printing could now be more obtainable and affordable with the Micro 3D printer. The company M3D’s Kickstarter campaign raised nearly $1 million for the printer in a single day. Currently it has $1,761,060 from 6,250 backers with 27 fundraising days remaining.
Weighing in at only 2.2 pounds, the small cube printer boasts being “the first truly consumer 3D printer.” The makers explain that all you need to do is take it out of the box, plug it in and print.
Don’t get your hopes up for printing human organs or a full-size car: The printer uses filament spools of either PLA or ABS, and is only 7.3 inches per side. The video below shows the printer in action:
The best part about this printer is the price: At $300 a pop it is the cheapest 3-D printer advertised. Previously this technology could cost consumers thousands. And it is clear from the record fundraising that there is a demand for the technology. According to the Kickstarter page, more than 5,000 of the majority of backers have been willing to pay between $199 and $299 for the ability to 3-D print at home.
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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.