15 Facts About McDonald’s That Will Blow Your Mind

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Is there anything more universal than McDonald’s?No.

The golden arches are the most recognised symbol in the world. The restaurant provides food for people in 119 countries, especially the USA. There are even 179 restaurants in India where most people don’t eat either beef or pork.

And the company is still growing. There’s 76 countries left to colonize.

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title=”Counting $32 billion in revenue from franchise stores, McDonald’s claims the 68th biggest economy, bigger than Ecuador”
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title=”McDonald’s hires around 1 million workers in the US every year”
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title=”According to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonald’s”
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title=”Sharon Stone worked at McDonald’s before she was famous. So did Shania Twain, Jay Leno, Rachel McAdams and Pink”
content=”Source: NNDB

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title=”McDonald’s is the world’s largest distributor of toys, with one included in 20% of all sales”
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title=”McDonald’s’ iconic golden arches are recognised by more people than the cross”
content=”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.”
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title=”For the next three years, McDonald’s is going to open one restaurant every day in China”
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title=”McDonald’s delivers — in 18 countries!”
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title=”The only place in the lower 48 that is more than 100 miles from a McDonald’s is a barren plain in South Dakota”
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title=”Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald’s in a year — five and a half million head of cattle”
content=”Source: John Hayes, McDonald’s senior director of U.S. food and packaging, via Side Dish
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title=”Sorry to gross you out but… McDonald’s chicken nuggets used to be made of this pink goop*”
content=”UPDATE: According to Snopes, McDonald’s stopped using mechanical separation for McNuggets in 2003.”
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