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50 Amazing and Interesting Facts about McDonald | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. In 1940, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald opened up the first McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, California. Eight years later, they switched to burgers, shakes, potato chips, and pie.
  2. In 1955, the first franchise was opened in in Des Plaines, Illinois.
  3. McDonald’s first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The restaurant was located near a military base, and soldiers were not allowed to leave their cars.
  4. Founder Richard McDonald first sketched the Golden Arches as an architectural feature to attract customers in cars looking from the roadside.
  5. McDonald’s has sold well over 100 billion hamburgers.
  6. In the United States alone, people eat over 1 billion pounds of beef at McDonald’s in a year, which is 5½ million head of cattle.
  7. McDonald’s best-selling menu item is French fries! They debuted in 1949.Before that, only potato chips were available. McDonald’s serves about 4 million Kg of fries globally per day.
  8. McDonalds Corporation sells over 1 billion cups of coffee each year around the world. It sells 500 million cups a day in the U.S. alone.
  9. McDonald’s opens a new restaurant every fourteen hours.
  10. McDonald’s is the nation’s largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes. It is the second largest purchaser of chicken.
  11. Each year, McDonald’s buys 1.5 million Tons of potatoes. In fact, about 7% of all the potatoes grown in the U.S. are turned into McDonald’s fries.
  12. McDonald’s buys 25000 Tons of fresh apples a year.
  13. 75% of all sesame seeds grown in Mexico end up on McDonald’s hamburger buns.
  14. McDonald’s Corporation is the largest owner of retail property in the world. The company earns most of its profits not from selling food, but by collecting rent.
  15. The smallest McDonald’s restaurant is only 492 square feet. It is in Tokyo, Japan while the largest McDonald’s restaurant is over 28,000 square feet and is located in Beijing.
  16. Amazingly the top 10 busiest McDonald’s restaurants are all in Hong Kong.
  17. There are nearly 36000 McDonald’s worldwide. McDonald’s makes about US$75 million per day.
  18. McDonald’s is not the world’s largest restaurant chain. Subway is.
  19. The KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia houses the highest McDonald’s in the world.
  20. The most northernly McDonald’s restaurant is on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland.
  21. The most southerly McDonald’s franchise is in Invercargill, New Zealand.
  22. The Queen of England owns a McDonald’s near Buckingham Palace.
  23. Only seven items on the McDonald’s menu contain no sugar.
  24. More than 80, 000 students from around the globe have graduated with “Bachelor of Hamburgerology” degrees from McDonald’s “Hamburger University.”
  25. Amazing fact is that the McDonald’s website for its workers tells them to avoid fast food.
  26. McDonald’s largest market outside the U.S is Japan, with over 3,000 restaurants.
  27. In Japan, Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald due to a lack of a clear “R” sound in Japanese.
  28. Every day, McDonald’s feeds over 68 million people. This is more than the entire population of the U.K.
  29. A McDonald’s strawberry milkshake contains about 50 chemicals that are used to imitate the flavour of strawberries.
  30. McDonald’s won’t open a franchise unless it’s economically viable in a territory, which is why the presence of the food giant is sometimes used as an indicator of the country’s financial stability.
  31. McDonald’s tried to open a restaurant in Bermuda, but the local outcry was so widespread that a law was passed banning all franchised restaurants in the country
  32. Countries that have banned McDonald’s include North Korea, Bolivia, Macedonia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Iceland, Yemen, Bermuda, Montenegro, and Kazakhstan.
  33. The unhealthiest item on the McDonald’s menu is the “Big Breakfast with Hotcakes and Large Size Biscuit.” It has a whopping 1,150 calories, 60 grams of fat, 20 grams of saturated fat, 17 grams of sugar, 575 milligrams of cholesterol, 116 grams of carbohydrates, and 2,260 grams of sodium.
  34. In 1992, 79-year-old customer Stella Liebeck sustained 3 rd degree burns after spilling a cup of McDonald’s coffee. She was awarded about half of a million dollars in total damages.
  35. Of the 196 countries in the world, McDonald’s is in 119 (61%) of them.
  36. There are 179 McDonald restaurants in India, a country where most people do not eat beef or pork. The McDonald’s restaurants in India are the only ones in the world where a person cannot buy beef.
  37. McDonald’s sells more than 75 hamburgers per second.
  38. Soda creates a huge profit margin for McDonald. At least 5% of McDonald’s revenue comes from soft drinks. Profit margin for a a fast food soda could be as much as 1200 %.
  39. The Big Mac was introduced in 1968. The calories in a Big Mac depend on the way a specific McDonald’s restaurant adapts it to the regional cuisine. In the United States, the Big Mac has 550 calories. In Australia it has 493 calories. In Japan, it has 557 calories.
  40. McDonald’s opened a Big Mac Museum Restaurant in western Pennsylvania on August 22, 2007, to celebrate the sandwich’s 40 th anniversary. It houses the world’s largest Big Mac statue, at 14 feet tall and 12 feet wide.
  41. McDonald’s makes burgers like Ford makes cars: with an assembly line method.
  42. McDonald’s spends more than $1 billion a year on direct media  advertising.
  43. McDonald’s is the largest distribution of toys in the world. It gives away around 1.5 billion toys each year with Happy Meals.
  44. McDonald’s operates more playgrounds than any other private entity in the United States.
  45. Potential concern for genetically modified organisms encouraged McDonald’s to state that it would no longer purchase genetically engineered potatoes in the U.S. In Europe also McDonald’s doesn’t use genetically modified foods due to restrictions imposed by the EU and national laws.
  46. McDonald’s is the 68th biggest economy, which is larger than Ecuador.
  47. McDonald’s employs 1 million workers in the U.S. every year, more than any other American organization, public or private. One in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonald’s.
  48. McDonald’s company brand value is over US$85 billion. Starbucks is the second ranked fast food outlet, at an estimated brand value of $25 billion. Other valuations are Subway ($21 billion), KFC ($12 billion), Pizza Hut ($8 billion).
  49. Since 1948, McDonald’s has sold over 4 trillion fries. If they were placed end to end, they would circle the globe about 19000 times. It would be enough fries to go to the moon and back 300 times and to Jupiter and back 2 times.
  50. Paris is the only place in the world where the McDonald’s arches are white instead of golden.

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