The next thing someone pointed out was that... somehow the Bean Burritos were MORE EXPENSIVE than the chicken burritos...
Thus I theorize that an important technical economic indicator should be based on when the price of chicken/pork/beef crosses the threshold of being cheaper than re-fried beans. When the Taco Bell trigger event happens beef and chicken burritos become cheaper than bean burritos. This implies an odd divergence between consumer fast food demand and commodity pricing of feed grains. Basically it implies that short term economic metrics during this time are completely decoupled from fundamentals... It also implies that times are totally sweet if you like Chicken Soft Tacos.
Fernando Z speculates that the drop in chicken demand is related to this breaking news!
Rex T speculates that this is a market manipulation not unlike the Oil Futures action we saw last year.