40 Interesting facts about McDonald’s

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Did you know McDonald’s first menu items were hot dogs, not hamburgers? Learn more about McDonald’s history, ingredients, business processes and more in this list of 40 interesting McDonald’s facts.

1. McDonald’s is an American hamburger and the world’s largest fast food restaurant chain.

2. The founder of the McDonald’s is Ray Kroc.

3. McDonald’s first originally sold hot dogs, not hamburgers.

McDonald's first originally sold hot dogs, not hamburgers.
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4. A new McDonald’s restaurant is opened in every 14.5 hours.

5. McDonald’s restaurants feed 68 million people every day.

6. McDonald is also a world’s largest supplier of toys.

McDonald is also a world's largest supplier of toys
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7. McDonald’s golden arches are more globally recognizable by people than the cross.

8. Near Buckingham Palace, the Queen of England owns a McDonald’s restaurant.

9. McDonald’s earn about US$75 million each day.

McDonald's earn about US$75 million each day.
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10. McDonald’s has more than 36,000 restaurants in the World.

11. It takes the average McDonald’s worker seven months to earn what a CEO makes in just an hour.

12. The top ten busiest McDonald’s restaurants are all in Hong Kong.

The top ten busiest McDonald’s restaurants are all in Hong Kong.
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13. McDonald’s spends nearly about $1 billion per year on direct media advertising.

14. In India, there are 179 McDonald restaurants—a country where people do not eat beef.

15. Paris is the only place where the McDonald’s arches are white instead of golden.

Paris is the only place where the McDonald’s arches are white instead of golden.
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16. If you are living in the U.S, you are never more than 115 miles away from a McDonald’s.

17. There’s a McDonald’s with turquoise arches in Sedona, Arizona.

18. McDonald’s sells over 75 burgers every single second.

McDonald’s sells over 75 burgers in every single second of every minute.
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19. McDonald’s buys approximately 54 million pounds of fresh apples a year.

20. McDonald’s McWrap contains 121 ingredients, trans fats, and chemicals on the FDA toxicity watch list.

21. McDonald’s goal is to open more than 2,000 restaurants in China by 2022.

McDonald's goals to open more than 2,000 restaurants in China by 2022.
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22. McDonald’s largest market outside the U.S is Japan, with over 3,000 restaurants.

23. The Kuala Lumpur Tower, the world’s largest building in Malaysia houses a McDonald’s restaurant.

24. A McDonald’s strawberry milkshake comprise 50 chemicals that are used to emulate the flavor of strawberries.

A McDonald’s strawberry milkshake comprise 50 chemicals that are used to emulate the flavor of strawberries.
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25. Only seven items on the McDonald’s menu contain no sugar.

26. The largest McDonald’s restaurant is located in Beijing, which is over 28,000 square feet.

27. The smallest McDonald’s restaurant with only 492 square feet is in Tokyo, Japan.

The smallest McDonald’s restaurant is only 492 square feet in Tokyo, Japan.
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28. The original menu of McDonald’s did not offer French fries.

29. Richard and Maurice opened up the first McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

30. McNuggets come in four official shapes: bell, bone, boot, and ball.

McNuggets come in four official shapes: bell, bone, boot and ball.
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31. Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald due to a lack of a clear “r” sound in Japan.

32. McDonald’s first drive-thru opened in Sierra Vista, Arizona in 1975.

33. McDonald’s hires around 1 million workers in the US every year.

McDonald's appoints around 1 million workers in the US every year.
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34. McDonald’s drive-thru staff will not serve people if they come on a horseback.

35. Michael Jim Delligatti invented the McDonald’s Big Mac burger in 1967.

36. Bill Gates has a McDonald’s Gold Card for unlimited free fast food.

Bill Gates has a McDonald's Gold Card for unlimited free fast food.
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37. McDonalds serves 9 million pounds of fries per day globally.

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

39. Approximately 7% of the potatoes grown in the U.S. are turned into McDonald’s fries.

Approximately 7% of the potatoes grown in the U.S. are turned into McDonald's fries.
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40. McDonald’s paid Justin Timberlake approximately US$6 million to sing the “ba-da-ba-ba-bah” jingle in the first U.S. “I’m Lovin’ It” TV spots.

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