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.
George R.R. Martin is tired of fans asking about when he’ll finish “A Song of Ice And Fire,” the fantasy series that guides HBO’s hit drama “Game of Thrones.” Martin famously spent more time crafting his series than it took for his editor to meet her future husband, get married and have a child, but he (rightly) bristles at the concern that, at 65, he might not live long enough to complete the two remaining books.
In an interview with a reporter for newspaper Tagesanzeiger, Martin gave a candid and absolutely badass response to those readers: “I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health,” he said. Then he flipped the bird and said, “So fuck you to those people.”
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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.