McDonald’s opened to the public just about 75 years ago, and now, it’s in pretty much every decent sized town and city in England, far across America, as well as many other countries as well. It was only started as a way for a pair of brother’s to get out from the Great Depression, which has turned into a worldwide franchise!
Here are some things that you may not know about the cast fast food chain.
1. Burgers weren’t first. Hot dogs were!
Probably the first thing you think of when you think of McDonald’s are their burgers. They look so great or their boards, and they taste great too, but a hotdog stand was behind the initial idea of McDonald’s and was also the first product they served. 8 years after starting their hotdog stand they closed down for a short period whilst making everything more efficient, and they came back with a much more simplified menu including burgers, fries nad milkshakes!
2. What contains more calories; Bacon McDouble Cheeseburger or McDonald’s Southwest Salad?
You may pick the burger, but you’d be wrong. The salad they server contains 480 calories, with the burger only having 440 calories. The salad also has 2g more fat in than the burger does. Now that really is surprising!
3. Fastly progressing chain.
If you think of the amount of time it takes for any business to expand, then forget that here. You couldn’t keep up with all of their fast food restaurants, as there’s a new one opening worldwide every 14.5 hours.
4. More than the UK’s population eat at McDonalds…
…every day. The population of the UK is around 65 million, whilst over 68 million people visit a McDonald’s restaurant everyday. That’s just incredible!
5. Monopoly Millions isn’t quite so great as you think.
If you’re one of the luck ones to win the million-dollar jackpot in Monopoly Millions, then you may be looking for to a nice big lump of money being deposited into your bank account over the coming weeks. However, you’d be disappointed. You would only actually get $50,000 to start with, followed by another $50,000 every year for the following 19 years. Mmm, that’s not quite so satisfying.
6. The trademark sign.
If you’re travelling across the world, possibly the only thing which brings you some comfort will be the renowned golden arches. These are among the most famous signs around the world, and something to look out for if you’re feeling a bit peckish.
7. Revenue in the mega millions.
If you think about the amount you earn in a lifetime, that’s nothing compared to what McDonald’s earn in a day. Daily revenue gets up to around a whopping $76 million, which works out at around $20 billion every year. That’s the kind of money I want to be earning!
8. McPizza was once a thing.
Sometimes you may wonder why McDonalds don’t server pizza. Surely it’d be massively popular… Well, they did once serve a variety of pizzas for families as well as individuals, but it was discontinued in 2000 because at an average cooking time of 11 minutes, it really did take the fast out of fast food.
9. The Hamburger University
Back in the day, you would have to graduate from McDonald’s very own university before being able to work in a fast food restaurant. Although the degree is no longer required to work in a restaurant of theirs, it is still widely used as a training centre for their staff.
10. McResources was something of an irony.
Back when McDonald’s had their McResources site running, somewhere for their staff to get advice, they had a page whereby they advised staff not to eat fast food, but to go for the healthier options. That’s just plain ironic!
11. The Big Mac has more use than just for stopping your hunger.
If you are into Economics at all, then it’s likely you’ve seen the Big Mac economic index. The chart shows the difference in purchasing power parity and the exchange rates across different countries, by using the price of a Big Mac.
12. Iceland is McDonald’s free.
Really! There used to be three outlets chilling out in Iceland, but in 2009, they were closed because it was too expensive to run them in the current economic climate. The worst bit for everyone up there is, is that McDonald’s have said that there are no plans to re-enter the country. That’s the only reason I need to never move to Iceland!
13. Mexico’s sesame seed industry.
If you’re eating your burger looking at those sesame seeds wandering where they’re from, stop! The likelihood is, is that they’ve come from Mexico, with over 75% of all Mexico’s sesame seed production going towards the buns for McDonald’s burgers.
14. A short drive from McDonald’s.
You may be travelling somewhere and be a little worried that you won’t get your daily fix of McDonald’s. But in the worst case scenario, you’re going to be 107 miles away from one of their restaurants. It’s much more likely that you’ll be a lot closer to one though – that’s what the SatNav’s there for…
15. Beer serving restaurants.
You go into any restaurant, and you can get a nice cold beer, and in some countries, like France and Germany, it’s no different when going into McDonald’s. Although the vast majority of their worldwide restaurants do not server any beer, there are a few that do!