Some Things You Might Not Have Known About McDonald’s

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IT STARTED AS A BARBECUE RESTAURANT.
The original McDonald’s featured a hickory pit and served barbecued beef, ham and pork, along with chili, tamales and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

THEY PIONEERED FAST-FOOD BREAKFASTS.
After market research showed that consumers were looking for a quick breakfast, they added the Egg McMuffin to the permanent countrywide menu in 1972, making it the first nationally available fast-food breakfast sandwich. By 1987, one-quarter of all breakfasts eaten out-of-home in the U.S. came from McDonald’s.

THEY RAKE IN $75 MILLION PER DAY.
That’s enough to buy about 16 million Big Macs.

THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND OWNS A MCDONALD’S.
The Crown Estate owns a shopping center, which contains a McDonald’s, near Windsor Castle.

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MORE PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THE GOLDEN ARCHES THAN THE CROSS.
Now that’s what we call brand awareness.

THEY FEED 68 MILLION PEOPLE DAILY.
That’s about twice the population of California!

THEY’RE THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOY DISTRIBUTOR.
About 20 percent of all purchases at McDonald’s are Happy Meals, which includes a toy. With 68 million meals sold on a daily basis, if you do the math… that’s a lot of toys

THE UNHEALTHIEST ITEM ON THE MENU IS…
The Big Breakfast with hotcakes and a large biscuit, which contains 1,150 calories, 93 grams of fat, 575 milligrams of cholesterol, 20 grams of saturated fat and 2,260 milligrams of sodium.

THERE ARE SEVEN HAMBURGER UNIVERSITIES.
Since former grillman Fred Turner opened the first Hamburger University in the basement of a McDonald’s in Elk Grove, Ill. in 1961 (with a class of 15 students), more than 275,000 managers, middle-managers, suppliers, and owner/operators have graduated from it. They learn operations procedures and leadership techniques, taught by 22 regional training teams based out of locations in Oak Brook, Ill., Sydney, Munich, London, Tokyo, Brazil and Beijing.

THE WORLD’S LARGEST MCDONALD’S IS LOCATED IN…
Orlando, Fla. The multi-level, nearly 30,000 square foot space also features the largest PlayPlace, with more than 100 arcade games, a maze of tubes and slides, a toddler area, a 500-gallon aquarium and prize redemption. There’s also a completely different menu from other locations, including panini sandwiches, pasta, Philly cheesesteaks and turkey wraps. It is known as the Glass House McDonald’s because it was originally constructed in 1957 as a part of that chain. It closed for renovations in 2013, but should be back up and running this summer.

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