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.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured stunning images of a violent solar storm, which occurred on Tuesday. The video below shows a wave of “dark plasma,” which had been slinking around the sun, erupting on the surface.
It is unclear if there was a coronal mass ejection (CME) — or burst of plasma — which could send radiation hurtling towards Earth.
However, Spaceweather.com is reporting that there could be a CME headed our way: “According to NOAA analysts, the CME could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Sept. 6th.”
Powerful CMEs can knock out high frequency communications, cause blackouts and or fry satellites. In 2012 Earth had a near miss with a particularly powerful CME, which could have caused widespread disruption.
This CME is not predicted to be “particularly fast or powerful,” according to Spaceweather.com. Yet it’s effects may still possibly be seen on Earth in the form of a stunning auroras in the Southern and Northern hemispheres. Watch the storm below, via Space.com:
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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.