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.
In her first big interview since her unceremonious and profoundly controversial ousting as the first female executive editor in the century-plus history of the New York Times, Jill Abramson confirmed what many critics of the mainstream media have long understood — that D.C. is more than willing to demand the independent press spike investigative stories or else be responsible for the “blood” that’s sure to follow.
“Sometimes the CIA or the director of national intelligence or the NSA or the White House will call about a story,” Abramson told Cosmopolitan. “You hit the brakes, you hear the arguments, and it’s always a balancing act: the importance of the information to the public versus the claim of harming national security.”
Yet while such a balancing act is central to an editor’s job, Abramson noted that the government had an unfortunate habit of asking the Times editors to return to the scales over and over again.
“Over time, the government too reflexively said to the Times, ‘you’re going to have blood on your hands if you publish X,’and because of the frequency of that, the government lost a little credibility,” Abramson said. “But you do listen and seriously worry.”
“Editors are Americans too,” she added. “We don’t want to help terrorists.”
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.