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.
We haven’t had a spring as warm as the one we just got through (from March through May) in at least 120 years, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported Monday. And May was the hottest measured since 1891, when record-keeping began.
Preliminary results from NASA also suggest that May set heat records, although the agency’s still waiting on “missing reports from China” before it confirms that last month was indeed the hottest. And before you say that your spring wasn’t that warm, here’s what that heat looked like beyond just where you live:
Meanwhile, we’re still waiting on El Niño, that “atmospheric pattern driven by water temperature changes in the Pacific Ocean” that’s likely to develop later this year. As several people have pointed out, it may combine with the underlying pattern of rising temperatures (see above), elevating the planet’s heat to previously unseen extremes.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
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.