Top 20 Facts About McDonald’s You Might Not Know About

Nandini Bansal Nandini Bansal
Apr 9, 2022 6 min read
Top 20 Facts About McDonald’s You Might Not Know About

McDonald's has been with us through the good, the bad and the ugly. It is a big, warm hug made and served in the form of burgers and fries. Established in 1940, initially as a Hamburger stand, McDonald’s today is the most renowned and dominating fast-food chain in the world. It has one of the largest brand valuations in the world as of 2020 and still continues to grow larger and larger day by day.

There is nothing better than chowing down on a big, juicy McDonald’s burger after an exhausting day to bid your feelings a happy and delicious goodbye, isn’t it? Well, here we are with 20 bizarre facts about McDonald’s that will shock you and may or may not make you crave a BigMac right now.

1. McDonald’s Has Royal Connections
2. Holier Than Thou
3. Fries and Fries and Fries
4. Bill and His Farms
5. Bigger Than a Country
6. Unique Paris
7. Burgers Over Salads
8. Money, Money All-Around
9. MacCoins
10. Lucky Germans
11. Biggest Of Them All
12. Toys All-Around
13. Movies Before Burgers?
14. Star-Studded Employee Profiles
15. The Hamburger University
16. BigMac Index
17. No Beef on the Menu?
18. Largest Employer
19. McRib Is Not a Rib
20. Recipe Change for Fries?

1. McDonald’s Has Royal Connections

McDonald's in Crown Estate
McDonald's in Crown Estate

Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth owns a McDonald’s outlet not so far away from her humble abode, the Buckingham Palace. Who knew that even the most royal of hearts could be swayed by our cheap, evergreen delight!

2. Holier Than Thou

McDonald’s Arches
McDonald’s Logo

The McDonald’s arches around the world enjoy more popularity and recognition than the Holy Cross. We apologize, Pope Francis.

3. Fries and Fries and Fries

McDonald’s Fries
McDonald’s Fries

French fries, one of the oldest items on the McDonald’s menu, are the most popular menu item at the fast-food chain. McDonald’s buys 4.7 billion dollars worth of potatoes and sells around 13 billion servings of fries every year.

4. Bill and His Farms

Bill Gates is the largest private farmland owner in all of the United States and the potatoes that he grows are the ones used to make our beloved Mcdonald's French fries.

5. Bigger Than a Country

McDonald’s is present in 37,000 locations and serves about 69 million customers daily, which is more than the population of Great Britain.

6. Unique Paris

McDonald's in Paris
McDonald's in Paris

Paris is the only place in the world where the infamous McDonald’s arches are not of their signature golden colour. In fact, they are white!

7. Burgers Over Salads

 McDonald’s Caesar salad
McDonald’s Caesar salad

The McDonald’s Caesar salad is more fattening than their hamburger! While the hamburger has more calories, the Caesar salad has more fat, particularly because of the dressings.

8. Money, Money All-Around

McDonald’s, accumulating all stores and customers around the world, makes around 75,000,000 dollars per day.

9. MacCoins

MacCoins
MacCoins

To mark the 50th anniversary of the BigMac, McDonald’s launched limited edition MacCoins which were given to customers if they purchased a BigMac.

10. Lucky Germans

McDonald’s Burger and Beer
McDonald’s Burger and Beer

McDonald’s in its German outlets offers beer as a menu item, a rarity only the Germans enjoy.


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11. Biggest Of Them All

McDonald’s has a special name in the market when it comes to fast-food chains in the world. It serves over 75 burgers every second to more than 68 million customers every day. It is known that McDonald’s opens a restaurant every four hours.

12. Toys All-Around

McDonald's Happy Meal
McDonald's Happy Meal

McDonald’s is the biggest distributor of toys in the entire world. Every Happy Meal comes with a toy and the Happy Meals account for about 20 percent of the McDonald’s entire product sale.

13. Movies Before Burgers?

McDonald's Speede Service System
McDonald's Speede Service System

Richard and Maurice McDonald started the food chain as a Speedee Service System in 1948 after having failed at making a career in Hollywood.

14. Star-Studded Employee Profiles

It is hard to believe but some really famous people, before becoming celebrities, have worked at McDonald’s like Rachel McAdams, Pink, Jay Leno, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Shania Twain.

15. The Hamburger University

Hamburger University
Hamburger University

Yes, you heard that right! There is a university called Hamburger University in Chicago, Illinois. If you need information and training on how to open and run a successful franchise, this is the place to be!

16. BigMac Index

There is a thing called a BigMac Index, it is often used to measure a country’s purchasing power parity. Economists use it by comparing the cost of a BigMac in different countries using a common currency. Switzerland has the most expensive BigMac in the world.

17. No Beef on the Menu?

McDonald’s in India does not serve beef or pork, a special rarity only for Indians. It instead offers chicken on most of its meat menu.

18. Largest Employer

McDonald’s is the second-largest employer in the world, it has around 1.7 million people working for it. It is known that every 1 in 8 Americans has worked at a McDonald’s once in their life.

19. McRib Is Not a Rib

McRib
McRib 

McRib is not a rib at all, it is made up of the animal’s heart, stomach and tripe. It is all bound together by salt and water, which then gives it the illusion to look like an animal rib.

20. Recipe Change for Fries?

McDonald’s changed the recipe for the French fries in 1992. Before that, the fries were cooked using beef tallow but after a lot of external pressure against the beef tallow, McDonald’s started using vegetable oil instead.


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FAQs

What is McDonald's known for?

McDonald's is one of the biggest and most popular American fast-food chains famous for its burgers and fries

How many McDonald's are there in the world?

There are 37,000 McDonald's locations around 120 countries in the world.

What is McDonald's most sold item?

French Fries are the most sold item in McDonald's. McDonald's sells around 13 billion servings of fries every year.

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