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May 21, 2020

These Weird French Fry Facts Might Sound Fake, But Are They?

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  1. 1. There are actual "fry-tasting" rooms at McDonald's headquarters.

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    This is true!

    There are actual fry-tasting rooms at the McDonald's headquarters in Illinois.

  2. 2. There are only 6 "types" of French fries.

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    This is false!

    There are at least 18 "types" of French fries.

  3. 3. McDonald's buys roughly 2 billion pounds of potatoes annually to make their fries.

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    This is false!

    McDonald's actually buys more than 3.4 billion pounds of U.S. potatoes annually for its famous golden fries.

  4. 4. McDonald's offered waffle fries at one point.

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    McDonald's actually offered waffle fries at one point in Canada.

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  5. 5. Five Guys cooks its fries in grape seed oil.

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    This is false!

    Five Guys cooks its fries in peanut oil.

  6. 6. Burger King changed its French fry recipe in 2011.

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    This is true!

    Burger King changed its French fry recipe in 2011 for the first time since 1998.

  7. 7. The world's longest curly fry was found at a Krystal in Atlanta.

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    This is false!

    The world's longest curly fry was found at an Arby’s and it measured 38-inches long.

  8. 8. Thomas Jefferson is credited with "bringing" fries to America.

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    According to Mental Floss, Jefferson detailed a recipe for fried potatoes in his writing during the early 1800s.

  9. 9. And finally, the word "French fries" actually originated in Belgium.

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    According to National Geographic, American soldiers first came across this savory side dish during World War I in Belgium (where they had been frying potatoes since the 1600s) — and since the dominant language in Belgium is French, well, they supposedly thus named them "French fries."