23 National Nightmares We’ve Already Overcome

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Courtesy: Dan Kremer, AP

#19: KFC Double-Down

Why are we like this? Why can’t we just have food that’s food instead of food that’s food stuffed with and/or surrounded by other foods? I’ll tell you why: because we don’t know how to say enough is enough. We need to go bolder, bigger, harder, grosser! A regular fried chicken sandwich isn’t sufficient, you peasant! We need a sandwich where the thing that used to be the filling becomes the bread, and then we need to replace that filling with more heart-stopping, flavorful madness!

It’s a fun novelty, but it’s not actually a viable food source, right? Like, nobody is eating that pizza where the crust is mini cheeseburgers for lunch. Right??? Maybe I’m wrong. But I think when KFC announced this Frankensandwich, we got, much like we often do, way too excited at the prospect of having invented this new, hilarious, but ultimately intriguing alleged meal option. So we ate it. As, like, a joke, I guess? Then we made it a meme. Then we made more weird gross foods. And then we decided that we were, indeed, correct in our initial repulsion, and went back to reviling it. We figured it out, eventually. And now, we just eat burritos that are surrounded by a tortilla that’s also a full quesadilla. So we’re evolving.