45 Surprising Facts About Your Favorite Fast Food Restaurants

Balls, boots, bells, and everything in between.

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 30 oz. McDonald’s sweet tea has as much sugar as two Snickers bars.

4. You cannot be more than 115 miles from a McDonald’s in the contiguous USA.

5. At times, McDonald’s has turned 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. An Alabama law firm once sued Taco Bell, claiming that their meat mixture “does not meet the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be labeled as ‘beef.’” (They later withdrew the lawsuit.)

10. Taco Bell has twice attempted to open stores in Mexico. Their food was even labeled as “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 large fries are the most unhealthy in America, with nearly 1,500 calories and 71 grams of fat.

27. Shaquille O’Neal owns about 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.

45. The founders of Outback Steakhouse never visited Australia.

correction

Fact #9 was updated and clarified at Taco Bell’s request.

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