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.
Heads up all would-be pool-urinators: Science has a darn good reason why this summer you shouldn’t sneakily pee while you swim. Sure, it is inconvenient to get out, dry off and use a restroom, but that’s actually loads better when you learn more about the alternative.
According to Ernest Blatchley, a chemist at Purdue University, when uric acid, which is found in human urine, mixes with chlorine it produces cyanogen chloride and trichloramine. These two chemicals can cause bodily damage if they are inhaled in large doses. Professor Blatchley along with his colleagues published this research in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
The amount of cyanogen chloride and trichloramine produced by the average amount of pee released by humans is smaller than that known to cause serious physical harm. However, peeing in the pool can — especially in indoor pools — cause irritation of the respiratory system, skin and eyes.
The American Chemical Society created the below “Breakthrough Science” video to explain.
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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.