In America, fast food is known for being a bit, well, excessive. We have stuffed crust pizzas and sandwiches made with fried chicken as a bun, and the fact that people can get 20 chicken McNuggets for less than $5 should be more disturbing than appetizing.
You get what you pay for.
But we’re not alone! Some of the most popular fast food chains in America also spread the love and calories overseas, but in sometimes delicious and sometimes disturbing ways. They’re often regional favorites, which makes sense, but there are still some things that America should probably think about adding…
Meat Monster - Burger King, Japan
It’s a vegetarian burger with…kidding. As the name implies, you get two hamburgers, a chicken breast fillet, two slices of processed cheese, three rashers of bacon, and all the trimmings served between a bun and the number to a cardiologist.
via: Daily Mail
These days it seems like $1 really doesn’t get you much. Maybe a pack of gum or a scratch-off lottery ticket you hope will net you at least $2. Profit!
But the people at BuzzFeed asked their community what kind of food $1 can buy in their country for the equivalent of $1 in America currency. After all, it always comes back to food, and you know if you had extra money you would totally buy the name brand cereal even when it wasn’t on sale.
But if you have an extra dollar, check out what grub you could get around the world. Take it with a grain of salt — some of the choices are kind of weird — but the differences are pretty staggering.
Hungary — a whole bottle of wine
Then again, they say the cheaper the liquor, the cheaper the hangover…
26. Czech Republic
Does where you live affect your health, your happiness, your safety, and your prosperity? It might, according to The Legatum Institute, a think tank based in London. They recently released their annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.
They didn’t just look at per-capita gross domestic product, but rather compared 89 variables to come up with the list, including interesting figures such as the number of secure Internet servers a country has and how well rested people feel on a day-to-day basis.
The variables are then split into eight subindexes: economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, and social capital. After looking at the 142 countries in the world that have the most available data, here’s what they came up with.
In the economy subindex Czech Republic was rated 13th, but it performed badly in the index’s social-capital ranking.
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According to the Guardian, species around the world are disappearing at almost 1,000 times the natural rate — which means we’re losing around 150-200 species every day. Close to 15% of all mammal species and 11% of all bird species are currently listed as threatened with extinction.
And while the human population shows no signs of slowing down, we continue to appropriate more land to develop cities, acquire natural resources, and build farms, not realizing or caring that we’re destroying other creatures’ natural habitats (not to mention man-made disasters like oil spills, climate change, acid rain, and over-hunting and fishing).
These animals are just a fraction of the thousands in danger of extinction…
Hooded seals, which are found only in the central and western North Atlantic, have been heavily hunted since the turn of the century.
Prior to the 1940s, they were hunted for leather and oil deposits, though more recently, threats include subsistence hunting, and bycatch.
Tree kangaroos, as their name suggests, are marsupials who live in trees. They live in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea, far northeastern Queensland, Australia, and other islands in the region.
The two most significant threats to tree kangaroos are habitat loss and hunting. Their natural habitats are destroyed by logging and timber production which, in turn, exposes them to predators. They are also hunted by native tribes and communities, which markedly contributes to the population decline of the species.
These exotic looking birds of prey inhabit Mount Everest, the Himalayas, and other mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.
Bearded vultures have been persecuted in significant numbers because people feared (without justification) that they regularly carried off children and domestic animals.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that are are only 10,000 pairs in the wild worldwide.
The axolomeh (maddeningly, the plural of axolotl), which are also known as Mexican walking fish, are actually not fish at all. These amphibians originate from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City.
As of 2010, wild axolomeh are nearly extinct due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution, and a 2013 search turned up no surviving individuals in the wild.
Originally inhabiting the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia, the saiga antelope is probably one of the most unique looking creatures in the world. Currently, it is only found in one location in Russia, and three areas in Kazakhstan.
The saiga antelope has been heavily hunted for centuries. Its horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, which has wiped the population out completely in China, where it is a Class I Protected Species, and drives major poaching and smuggling.
When Tony Sellers came to visit his 79-year-old mother, Sadie, at Daleview House — an elderly care home in Northern Ireland — and she was nowhere to be found, he was understandably a little bit freaked out.
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