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.
Gunmen abducted 20 women from the village of Garkin Fulani in northeastern Nigeria, according to a report from the Associated Press. The news of the mass abduction comes as the 272 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants remain in captivity.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Boko Haram is suspected. This is only the latest in a series of mass abductions in Nigeria, a crisis that the military seems ill-equipped or disinclined to handle, leaving a collection of vigilante groups on patrol in an attempt to prevent further kidnappings.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The attack was the latest reminder of how vulnerable the northeastern corner of Nigeria has become, despite President Goodluck Jonathan’s declarations of war against Boko Haram. The country’s military was nowhere to be seen during the hourslong raid, said a member of the state government there.
Instead, the job of preventing more kidnappings has fallen to a group of vigilantes who say they have been left with only hunting rifles, fashioned from car parts and scraps of wood, to go up against the rocket launchers and heavy machine guns of Boko Haram.
The Nigerian government couldn’t be reached to comment about Monday’s incident, but it has maintained that its military is performing valiantly.
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.