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.
During his relatively short run as one of the most famous humans on Earth, Pope Francis has managed to create a public image that depicts him as a kind of cool, laid-back, open-hearted and reasonable pope. He’s the pope even a vegan, atheist, LGBTQ person could learn to love (or at least consider vastly preferable to his immediate predecessors).
Yet according to a new report from the Associated Press, it appears that even the “cool” pope is, well, still a fundamentally conservative and paternalistic figure who believes people should be protected from making their own choices. During a meeting in Rome on Friday with members of a drug-enforcement conference, the AP reports, Pope Francis reiterated his previously stated opposition to efforts by some to legalize various recreational drugs.
Francis reportedly told his audience that even modest attempts to legalize some drugs — like marijuana, for example — “are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.” Francis also said that addiction to drugs “is an evil, and with evil there can be no yielding or compromise.” He went on to state what he said had previously been his position: “No to every type of drug use. It is as simple as that.”
Whether it was the entirety or merely the majority of those in attendance who then wanted to make a “Lighten up, Francis” joke remains unclear.
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.