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!
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
8. McDonald’s Drive-Thru Account for 70 Percent 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.
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.
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.
Restaurants in several countries (mainly in Asia) serve soup.
If you are in Germany you can get beer at McDonald’s.
In New Zealand, you can get a 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.
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.
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