These 44 Facts About Your Favorite Fast Food Joints Will Surprise You. #12 Changes Everything!

Regularly eating at fast food restaurants is fairly normal for most people around the world. They’re a staple of modern society. Even if you don’t frequent them yourself, most likely you have some restaurants in your home town. No matter how familiar you are with the fast food industry, you probably still don’t know these 44 nuggets of trivia collected by BuzzFeed. The next time you order a Big Mac, you’ll be way more informed about the meat and the company in general. 1. McDonald’s hamburgers don’t rot. The low moisture of the burgers leaves the meat dehydrated, basically turning it into jerky.

2. McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets come in four shapes and they have names: the boot, the ball, the bone, and the bell.

3. A 32 oz. McDonald’s sweet tea has as much sugar as two and a half Snickers bars. 4. You cannot be more than 107 miles from a McDonald’s in the contiguous USA. 5. McDonald’s turns away a higher percentage of applicants than Harvard. 6. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish was originally developed for Catholic customers, since they tend to abstain from meat on Fridays.

7. Burger King is called “Hungry Jack’s” in Australia.

8. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas went back to school to earn his GED in 1993 at the age of 61. He didn’t want people to see his success and feel inspired to drop out of high school. 9. The founders of Outback Steakhouse never visited Australia, and have no interest in going. 10. Taco Bell has twice attempted to open stores in Mexico. Their food was even labeled as “Authentic American Food.” 11. Chipotle buys some of their avocados from singer Jason Mraz.

12. There is a secret menu item at Chipotle called a “quesarito” where a burrito is wrapped using a cheese quesadilla.

13. After graduating from culinary school, Steve Ells wanted to open up his own fine dining restaurant. In order to raise the necessary money he started Chipotle. 14. After he left the company, Colonel Sanders disliked KFC so much that he described it as “the worst fried chicken I’ve ever seen” and called the gravy “wallpaper paste.”

15. Because of a successful marketing campaign 40 years ago, KFC chicken has become a traditional Christmas dinner in Japan. KFC is so popular that customers place their Christmas orders two months in advance.

16. Two companies prepare KFC’s Original Recipe chicken. One company only has half of the secret recipe, and the other company has the second half. The complete recipe only exists in one place: locked inside a vault at KFC’s headquarters. 17. Subway’s most popular sandwich, the Italian B.M.T., is named after the Brooklyn Manhattan Transit. 18. After receiving complaints that their “footlong” sandwich was only 11 inches long, Subway responded by saying, “”With regards to the size of the bread and calling it a footlong, ‘Subway Footlong’ is a registered trademark as a descriptive name for the sub sold in Subway Restaurants and not intended to be a measurement of length.” 19. Subway is the largest restaurant chain in the world, with more restaurants than McDonald’s.

20. To accommodate workers at the World Trade Center building, Subway installed a mobile restaurant that moved up the building as they finished each floor.

21. At a cost of around $1,000,000, Pizza Hut made a delivery to the International Space Station in 2001.

22. Before 2013, the number one buyer of kale was Pizza Hut. They didn’t serve it, they used it as a decoration for their salad bars.

23. Pizza Hut once sued Papa John’s because they claimed that “fresher ingredients” didn’t make “better pizza.” 24. Pizza Hut uses 300 million pounds of cheese each year, which accounts for 3% of U.S. cheese production. 25. Arby’s got its name from the acronym “R.B.,” which doesn’t stand for “roast beef,” but rather “Raffel brothers,” who founded the restaurant.

26. Five Guy’s fries are the most unhealthy in America, with nearly 1,500 calories and 71 grams of fat.

27. Shaquille O’Neal owns 10% of all Five Guys restaurants in North America. 28. Chick-Fil-A is not closed on Sundays for religious reasons. They close on Sundays because the founder didn’t like working on Sundays. 29. The first 100 people who go to a new Chick-Fil-A when it opens get a free meal every week for a year. 30. Panera Bread once sued Qdoba and argued that burritos were sandwiches. 31. On average, Starbucks has opened two new stores every day since 1987.

32. The original doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts had a handle (to make dunking easier).

33. Domino’s Pizza had to cancel their “30 minutes or less” guarantee because drivers kept causing accidents while rushing to deliver pizzas on time, resulting in at least one fatality. 34. Mark Cuban once criticized someone by saying that they “would not even be able to manage a Dairy Queen.” Dairy Queen offered Mark Cuban a chance to manage Dairy Queen for a whole day, which he accepted. He didn’t do a great job.

35. Dairy Queen restaurants in Texas have a different menu from all other DQ restaurants in the world. You can only get a Steakfinger Basket at a Texas Dairy Queen.

36. IHOP adds pancake batter to their omelettes in order to make them “fluffier.” 37. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has chunks in it because Ben has anosmia and relies on “mouth-feel” when eating. 38. Because of the restaurant’s reputation to stay open after disasters, the “Waffle House Index” is used to informally assess the damage of a storm. 39. Waffle House sells more steak than any other restaurant. 40. If you laid all of the bacon that Waffle House serves in a year end-to-end, it would wrap all the way around the equator.

41. White Castle burgers have five holes punched in each patty so they cook faster and don’t need to be flipped.

42. Founded in 1921, White Castle was the first fast food restaurant. 43. Colonel Sanders’ favorite food was White Castle. 44. Denny’s was once open year round, so when they decided to close for Christmas, many of the stores had to hire locksmiths because their doors didn’t have locks. (H/T BuzzFeed) It’s hard to imagine life without fast food, whether you love it or not. The industry is full of secrets and this list just scratches the surface. Share the delicious knowledge by sharing this with others, click on the button below.

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McDonald’s Replaces CEO Don Thompson After A Horrendous Year

“It’s tough to say goodbye to the McFamily, but there is a time and season for everything,” Thompson said in a statement.

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson, who will step down on March 1. Adreees Latif / Reuters

The crisis at the world’s largest fast food chain has claimed its highest profile victim: McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson is leaving the company on March 1, the company said today. The announcement came after a quarter where the fast food giant lost ground all over the world, and a year of declining sales and grim results.

Thompson is stepping down after less than three years on the job — a short tenure marked by the company’s first sustained period of declining sales and existential questions about its future and relevance amid changing eating habits. The company said in a statement that Thompson would be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, currently its chief brand officer, as both president and CEO. Easterbook will also take a spot on its board of directors.

Thompson was appointed CEO in 2012, taking over that July for Jim Skinner, who retired after eight years in the top job and 41 years at the company.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to the McFamily,” Thompson said in the statement, “but there is a time and season for everything. I am truly confident as I pass the reins over to Steve, that he will continue to move our business and brand forward.”

Investors cheered the leadership change, with McDonald’s stock rising 3% in after-hours trading. The stock has fallen 6% in the last 12 months.

As chief brand officer, Easterbrook was in charge of the company’s marketing and digital efforts as well as its new menu items. Thompson’s departure comes following dismal recent performance, with revenue falling 7% in its most recent quarter, and profits dropping 19%.

The drop was caused by a combination of the U.S. dollar strengthening against foreign currencies, fewer customers going to stores, and an especially sharp downturn in the company’s Asian business. Scandal hit the company after pieces of plastic — and in one case, a tooth — were found in meals served at McDonald’s in Japan.

In the United States, profit fell almost $300 million from a year ago. The company has promised a turnaround, including more diverse menus for different regions and more responsiveness to consumer taste. But it is struggling: In 2014, same-store customer traffic in the U.S. fell more than 4% from the previous year.

McDonald’s also appointed its current chief financial officer Pete Bensen to the new role of chief administrative officer, and promoted its current corporate controller Kevin Ozan to the CFO role.

“McDonald’s is an outstanding company with talented employees and these management changes are aimed at speeding the company’s movement to its next phase of innovation and growth,” McDonald’s chairman Andrew McKenna said.

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McDonald’s New Promotion: We’ll Trade Our Fries For Your Love

After pushing back against reports of a new “Lovin’ Beats Hatin’” advertising slogan, McDonald’s has released its lovin’-themed marketing campaign.


Love might not be able to conquer all, or save ousted McDonald’s CEO Donald Thompson’s job. But for a limited time, it will be accepted, occasionally, as legal tender in exchange for a burger and fries at McDonald’s outlets.

In late October, the Wall Street Journal reported McDonald’s would soon roll out a new advertising campaign built around the slogan “Lovin’ Beats Hatin’, a play on (but not a replacement of) its long-running “I’m Lovin’ It” line. A Super Bowl ad would help kick off the campaign, the report said.

The internet responded with a healthy round of ridicule, and McDonald’s claimed there had been some degree of “misreporting” around the story, without fully denying it.

“It’s highly speculative and premature to talk about Super Bowl ads and future campaigns,” a McDonald’s spokesperson said at the time.

But it’s no longer highly speculative: Here’s the McDonald’s Super Bowl ad. There’s no Lovin’ Beats Hatin’ tagline, but it’s all about the lovin’, most specifically a cloyingly sweet central premise involving giving people free food in return for them showing some love to the people closest to them.

How will this really work? According to McDonald’s:

Starting Monday, Feb. 2, McDonald’s will be randomly accepting a new form of payment. Customers who enter participating McDonald’s restaurants* across the US at randomized, predetermined times between Monday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 14 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time each day will be selected to participate to Pay with Lovin’. Once a selected customer has completed his or her order and presented a method of payment, the restaurant Guest Service Manager or Lovin’ Lead will explain that McDonald’s is doing something special that day, and the customer will be given the option to pay for his or her order with an act of Lovin’ instead. For instance, breakfast might cost a friendly fist bump to the crew member on duty, lunch could be paid for with a call to a loved one and dinner could go for a compliment.

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