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Calendar >  Surprising Facts and Trivia About Fast Food – Trivia #17

Surprising Facts and Trivia About Fast Food – Trivia #17

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TR Robertson — Fast food restaurants have been popular ever since they were first established and have been a part of the American food scene for years and years. Their range of food types covers the spectrum of every taste imaginable. Fast food drive-ups are both every parent’s go to and nightmare. The arguments about the nutrition of fast food is an ongoing battle and has been alluded to as a cause for obesity in this country. But one thing is true. As a result of the COVID crisis, as restaurants shut down across the nation and dining indoors was a no-no, the concept invented long ago for the fast food restaurants of staying in your car and driving thru to pick-up your food was a go to source, since the March shut-down, for a break from home cooked meals. Lines of cars could be seen at a variety of fast-food places, offering people a quick and easy meal. Like everything else in this world, trivia and unusual facts surround even fast-food restaurants. So many facts and so much trivia, it will take several articles to give you a good look at what is behind the story of many of these well-known places. You will be surprised, amused, and learn more than you ever thought you needed to know about the world of fast food.

  • A new study of older adults (55-92) found that regular visits to familiar eateries (like fast-food restaurants and coffee shops) was good for their mental health.
  • The first fast food restaurant is said to be a White Castle restaurant in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas.
  • The Pig Stand in Texas, also in 1921 and A & W Root Bear, in California, in 1919 also claim to be the first fast food restaurant.
  • The first drive-thru fast-food restaurant is said to be Red’s Giant Hamburger in 1947 in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Others say it was Wendy’s in 1971 that made the drive thru popular.
  • Every month 9 out of 10 children in the U.S. visit a McDonald’s restaurant.
  • November 16th is National Fast-Food Day.
  • French fries are the most popular fast food in America.
  • There are over 300,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S.
  • North Korea is the only country in the world that does not sell Coca Cola or Pepsi Cola products.
  • 96% of all Americans have visited a McDonald’s at least once.
  • In 1952, KFC sold the first paper chicken bucket.
  • The first McDonald’s was created in 1948 and their hamburgers cost 15 cents.
  • The largest hamburger in the world weighed 2,014 pounds and was made by Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota.
  • The first fish and chips shop in the world opened in 1860 at Tommyfield Market in Oldham, England.
  • The most expensive hot dog in the world was the Juuni Ban made by Tokyo Dog in Seattle, Washington, in 2014, priced at $169.
  • The original Dunkin’ Donuts had a small handle from a piece of dough, on one side for dunking.
  • When Dave Thomas, Wendy’s founder, was 61, he went back to school to earn his GED because he did not want to be a role model for dropouts.
  • The first fast food, if you go back in history, is said to be fried fish sold in ancient Greece.
  • The longest hot dog in the world was made in Paraguay in 2011 and was 668 feet long.
  • McDonald’s has over 35,000 restaurants in 126 countries, but Subway has over 42,000 restaurants (many are closing due to COVID restrictions)
  • When the World Trade Center was built, Subway created a mobile restaurant that could go from floor to floor, like an elevator, to make and deliver sandwiches.
  • The largest bag of chips ever made was in 2013 in the United Kingdom by Corkers Crisps Company and weighed 2,515 pounds.
  • The tallest ice cream cone ever made was made by Mirco Della Vecchia, from Italy, in 2011 and was over 9 feet tall.
  • Pizza Hut was the first firm to deliver pizza to outer space. In 2001, a Russian Rocket and the Russian Space Agency was paid $1 million to deliver the pizza.
  • White Castle meat patties are square shape and have five holes in them so they can be cooked without turning them over.
  • Prior to COVID, Hong Kong ranked #1 with 61% of the populations visiting a fast-food chain at least once per week.
  • The U.S. ranked 8th with 35% of the population visiting a fast-food chain once per week.
  • Chick-fil-A was voted as having the cleanest restaurants.
  • McDonald’s is the most profitable fast-food chain.
  • Dominoes has the most pizza sales of pizza fast food chains.
  • Sonic Drive-In French fries are said to be the healthiest of the French fries.
  • McDonald’s hamburgers do not rot if left out. They have extremely low moisture content and if left out they will basically dehydrate, becoming more like beef jerky. Probably not a healthy idea to try this.
  • McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets come in four shapes – the boot, the ball, the bone, and the bell.
  • Burger King is called “Hungry Jack’s” in Australia.
  • Taco Bell attempted to open stores in Mexico two different times, but the food was labeled as “American Food”.
  • Chipotle buys some of their avocados from singer Jason Mraz.
  • There is a secret menu item at Chipotle called a “quesarito”, a burrito wrapped in a cheese quesadilla. (The Secret Menus of Fast-Food Restaurants will be in an upcoming article)

A fun start to a lot of fast-food facts and trivia. Lots more to cover in another article. This should give you some “food for thought”. A Big Mac and fries with a large soda sounds good right now.


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