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 Cantor will resign his post as House majority leader following his stunning primary election defeat last night, Politico and the Washington Post are reporting. Cantor, who has occupied that position since Republicans took the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections, will vacate the position by July 31, according to the Post.
Cantor’s loss to relatively unknown economics professor Dave Brat — which took the Washington establishment by surprise — caps a seven-term career in Congress that saw him rise swiftly through the ranks of the GOP. Conventional wisdom held that Cantor was next in line for the House speakership following the retirement of John Boehner’s, speculated to occur following this year’s midterm elections.
No word yet on who Cantor’s replacement will be, although the AP reports that a number of candidates, including House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R- Calif., and Rep. Pete Sessions, R- Texas, are already “jockeying” for the position.
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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.