Hundreds of fast food workers went on strike today, demanding $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to unionize. The protests are aimed directly at the giants of the fast food world—namely McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King, and Pizza Hut, reports Complex Pop Culture‘s Hanuman Welch in the above video.

Arrests have been made in cities across the country, including Baltimore, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Twenty-one workers demanding a $15-an-hour wage were arrested while conducting a sit-in outside a McDonald’s in Times Square this morning, reports the NYT.

“This is considered a long-term strategy by protest organizers who have claimed they’re in the fight for the long haul,” writes Complex. Fast food workers argue that they are demanding a living wage to keep up with the cost of living in the US.




Here’s some more fascinating stuff we found on the Internet today:

New “smart chopsticks” can tell if your food is safe. [WSJ]

Hello Kitty, Roy Choi, and Spam musubi are a match made in heaven. [LA Times]

The rise of premium American olive oil. [QZ]

Beverage flavors you never knew existed. [Daily Meal]