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.
Eric Knudsen, the man who gave life to the “Slender Man” horror meme, has spoken out about the alleged stabbing of a young girl by two peers who said they were trying to please the mythological character with a human sacrifice.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act,” Knudsen said in a prepared statement. A spokeswoman made it clear that he would not be granting media interviews on the topic.
Since 2009—when Knudsen posted two Photoshopped images of a tall, spindly, faceless figure on the forum Something Awful—the Slender Man has taken on a life of his own, spawning crowdsourced Internet folklore as well as various film and art projects. Knudsen’s original concept involved the stalking and mysterious disappearance of children.
David Morales, an administrator at Creepypasta, the web community for paranormal tales where the 12-year-old girls charged with the attempted murder had read about Slender Man, defended his site. He stressed its minimum age requirement (13) and noted that its imaginative works are clearly labeled as such.
“We are not teaching children to believe in a fictional monster, nor are we teaching them to be violent,” Morales wrote in an emailed statement, according to the Associated Press. “Overall, the community has deep condolences to the family of the victim and all those who were involved.”
The victim of the shocking crime remains hospitalized. The two suspects are to be tried as adults, with each facing up to 65 years in prison.
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.
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