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.
The latest in “Disasters that happen when you take a child shooting” took place at a homemade shooting range in Sacramento, California. According to local station KCRA, the child was using a single-shot .22-caliber bolt action “youth rifle” with his father, when the child grabbed his chest and cried out in pain.
He and his dad were shooting rifles at targets at the same time Sunday afternoon. The targets were about 40 yards away. Several family members stood behind the shooters, watching them, deputies said.
Despite the fact that no one noticed any ricochets and the guns were always pointed down-range, the 7-year-old at one point grabbed his chest and complained of pain, deputies said.
The boy’s father checked the son and noticed the child’s T-shirt had a small hole in it, where he was bleeding from his chest.
A preliminary investigation shows pieces of a bullet did indeed ricochet, hitting the child, investigators told KCRA 3.
The boy was promptly taken to the local fire station where he was then airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center. Reports indicate that the boy will live.
Following the tragic accidental death of a shooting instructor at the hands of a 9-year-old with an Uzi, this story comes as a reminder of two important points: 1) Children should not be shooting guns, like, ever. 2) Despite the popular refrain of Second Amendment supporters, guns really do kill (or injure) people. Not the other way around.
Joanna Rothkopf is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on science, health and society. Follow @JoannaRothkopf or email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Joanna Rothkopf.
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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.