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19 Facts About McDonald's That Will Blow Your Mind


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McDonald’s just reported its first quarter financial results this morning.  The global fast food chain generated $6.54 billion during the period and delivered earnings per share of $1.23. Global comparable sales increased 7.3 per cent.While the top and bottom line came in line with analysts’ expectations, there are plenty of facts about the company that you may find completely unexpected.

The restaurant giant has grown through the recession and recovery. Which makes sense since it sells more than 75 burgers every second.

McDonald's' daily customer traffic (62 million) is more than the population of Great Britain

Source: Yahoo Finance

McDonald's sells more than 75 hamburgers every second

Source: McDonald's Operations and Training Manual via Side Dish

McDonald's feeds 68 million people per day, that's about 1 per cent of the world's population

McDonald's' $27 billion in revenue makes it the 90th-largest economy in the world

Source: SEC

The $8.7 billion in revenue from franchise stores alone, makes McDonald's richer than Mongolia

Source: SEC

McDonald's hires around 1 million workers in the US every year

This estimate from Fast Food Nation assumes a 700,000 domestic workforce with 150% turnover rate.

McDonald's has 761,000 employees worldwide, that's more than the population of Luxembourg

According to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonald's

Source: McDonald's own estimate in 1996 via Fast Food Nation

Sharon Stone worked at McDonald's before she was famous. So did Shania Twain, Jay Leno, Rachel McAdams and Pink

Source: NNDB

McDonald's is the world's largest distributor of toys, with one included in 20% of all sales

Source: QSR via Motley Fool

Back in 1968 McDonald airlifted hamburgers to homesick U.S. Olympic Athletes in France

Source: McDonald's

McDonald's' iconic golden arches are recognised by more people than the cross

A survey by Sponsorship Research International found that 88 per cent could identify the arches and only 54 per cent could name the Christian cross, according to Fast Food Nation.

The Queen of England owns a retail park in Slough, which has a drive-thru McDonald's

Source: The Telegraph

The Egg McMuffin was modelled on eggs Benedict

Herb Peterson invented the Egg McMuffin as a way to introduce breakfast to McDonald's restaurants. From MSNBC:

'Peterson came up with idea for the signature McDonald's breakfast item in 1972. He 'was very partial to eggs Benedict,' Fraker said, and worked on creating something similar.

The egg sandwich consisted of an egg that had been formed in a Teflon circle with the yolk broken, topped with a slice of cheese and grilled Canadian bacon. It was served open-faced on a toasted and buttered English muffin.'

Source: MSNBC

For the next three years, McDonald's is going to open one restaurant every day in China

Source: Reuters via Paul Kedrosky

McDonald's delivers – in 18 countries!

Source: Japan Times

The only place in the lower 48 that is more than 100 miles from a McDonald's is a barren plain in South Dakota

Source: AggData via Side Dish

Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald's in a year – five and a half million head of cattle

Source: John Hayes, McDonald's senior director of U.S. food and packaging, via Side Dish

Sorry to gross you out but... McDonald's chicken nuggets used to be made of this pink goop*

UPDATE: According to Snopes, McDonald's stopped using mechanical separation for McNuggets in 2003.

But guess what, there's an even bigger and more important company out there...

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