15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Mcdonald’s

15 Facts You never knew about McDonald's

15 Facts You never knew about McDonald’s

McDonald’s needs no introduction. As the world’s largest restaurant, you would be hard pressed to find someone who has never been there.

However, there are a few facts that might surprise you!

For instance:

Did you know that McDonald’s has a Hamburger University?

How about the fact that CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos was once an employee there?

Here you will find 15 facts you never knew about McDonald’s.

About McDonald’s

1. The Original Mcdonald’s Mascot Was Not Ronald Mcdonald

The original mascot of McDonald’s was a man with a chef’s hat on top of a hamburger shaped head whose name was “Speedee”.

The first McDonald's Mascot name was Speedee

The first McDonald’s Mascot name was Speedee

2. The First Mcdonald’s with Golden Arches Didn’t Open Until 1953

The first McDonald’s with the golden arches opened in Phoenix Arizona in March 1953.

3. There is a Hamburger University

That’s right, there is a Hamburger University. If you want to open a franchise you need training and you get it at Hamburger University!

McDonald's has a Hamburger University

McDonald’s has a Hamburger University

4. Mcdonald’s is Considered a Dividend Aristocrat

A dividend is a payment you get when you own a unit of stock. Not all companies actually pay dividends and prefer to reinvest the money back into the business.

To be a dividend aristocrat you must be in the S&P 500 and have increased your dividend payouts for 25 consecutive years or more.

5. McDonald’s was a Major Investor in Chipotle

When asked why they sold their shares in Chipotle, McDonald’s CEO cited the reason as the company was spending too much time running Chipotle and not enough time running McDonald’s.

Mcdonald's was a major investor in Chipotle

McDonald’s was a major investor in Chipotle

 

The move has cost them dearly, as Chipotles stock has risen dramatically.

6. Famous people who worked at McDonald’s include Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bezos.

Jay Leno once worked at McDonald's

Jay Leno once worked at McDonald’s

Other famous people include:

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda (Theatre Director)
  • Jay Leno (Comedian)
  • Sharon Stone (Actor)
  • Shania Twain (Musician)
  • James Franco (Actor)
  • P!ink (Musician)
  • Tony Stewart (NASCAR driver)
  • Paul Ryan (Politician)

7. McDonald’s Pizza

Many of you remember McDonald’s Pizza. It actually still exists today but only in a few locations.

The reason McDonald’s got rid of their pizza is that it took 11 minutes to cook and it jeopardized their status as a quick service restaurant.

McDonald's Pizza

McDonald’s Pizza

8. McDonald’s Drive-Thru Account for 70 Percent of Its Sales

McDonald's Drive-Thru generates 70% of its sales

McDonald’s Drive-Thru generates 70% of its sales

Approximately 70% of McDonald’s sales comes from the drive-thru window. Sierra Vista, Arizona, was the first city to have a McDonald’s drive-through.

9. Big Mac Index

When measuring countries purchasing power parity economists often use the Big Mac Index. Basically, it compares the cost of a Big Mac in various countries using a common currency.

At the time this article was published, Switzerland has the most expensive Big Mac. Ukraine has the cheapest.

10. The Russia Line Up

When McDonald’s opened their first restaurant in Russia the line up was so huge it went around several blocks.

Opening day was January 30th, 1990. They were expecting 1,000 customers and instead they got 30,000.

 

11. There are no McDonald’s Restaurants in Bermuda

All foreign restaurants are banned in Bermuda with the exception of KFC, as they opened their location before the ban took place.

There are no McDonald's in Bermuda

There are no McDonald’s in Bermuda

12. McDonald’s India does not serve beef

They do serve chicken but not beef.  Below is a picture of their Big Mac made with corn. They also have a Big Mac made with chicken.

Maharaja Mac (made with corn)

Maharaja Mac (made with corn)

13. Menu Items You Never Knew Existed at McDonald’s

When moving into foreign markets McDonald’s knew it had to add a few menu items. Here are a few we found:

Don’t forget to pick up some McRice when you are in Indonesia or a prawn Burger in Singapore.

McRice Burger

McRice Burger

 

Restaurants in several countries (mainly in Asia) serve soup.

McDonald's Soup

McDonald’s Soup

 

If you are in Germany you can get beer at McDonald’s.

McDonald's serves beer Germany

McDonald’s serves beer in Germany

 

In New Zealand, you can get a meat pie.

McDonald's Meat Pie

McDonald’s Meat Pie

14. McDonald’s Video Game

McDonald’s partnered up with Virgin Interactive to make the M.C Kids video game.  The objective is for two kids to retrieve their magic bag, which was stolen by the Hamburglar.

M.C. Kids Video Game

M.C. Kids Video Game

 

15. The Shamrock Shake helped build the first Ronald McDonald house

Children often need medical care that is not close to home. Ronald McDonald House offers parents/families a place to stay near their hospitalized children.

Profits from the Shamrock Shake helped build the first Ronald McDonald House.

Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake

 

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