22 McDonald's Facts That May Surprise You
People are certainly free to retire older, but this woman takes the cake. Or should I say Big Mac?
A 92-year-old employee of McDonald’s was recently highlighted for being one of McDonald’s oldest employees.
Goh Gwek Eng works at a McDonald’s store in Singapore. Eng has 10 children and 20 grandchildren and says that after they left the house, it was too quiet for her to be at home.
Eng said that she plans to work at McDonald’s as long as she’s healthy. (Studies show that people who work even when they are within retirement age are generally healthier and happier.) Her only complaint? Sometimes standing by the food fryer can get a little hot.
Here are 19 more fun facts about the hamburger haven.
On the original McDonald's menu, a hamburger cost 15 cents.
On May 15, 1940, Dick and Mac McDonald’s opened the first-ever McDonald’s store in San Bernardino, Calif. While you can still score a McDonald’s hamburger there for only a dollar, back then people were only paying 15 cents for a menu item.
From the Fish Filet to the Big Mac, today’s menu boasts a variety of items to choose from. Back then, things were much simpler, with the only food options being a hamburger, a cheeseburger or french fries. That’s right: McDonald's didn’t even have McNuggets back then.
A chicken nugget was once sold on eBay for $8,100.
The woman selling the nugget, Rebekah Speight, said that she was raising money for children at her local church to go to summer camp.
McDonald’s sells more toys than Hasbro and Mattel.
Ronald McDonald is more recognizable than Santa Claus.
According to the book Fast Food Nation, Ronald McDonald is identifiable by 96 percent of children around the world, which would make him the only fictional character more recognizable than Santa Claus.
Despite claims that the clown targets young children, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook says Ronald isn’t going anywhere.
Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams worked on the “I’m Lovin’ It” song.
McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ it” theme song is performed by Justin Timberlake, who made an estimated $6 million for the jingle.
Timberlake wasn’t alone: in 2003, Pharrell Williams produced an “I’m Lovin’ It” EP which topped the charts in Belgium.
McDonald’s employees can attend Hamburger University.
Usain Bolt ate 1,000 chicken nuggets during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
When Bolt was asked if he was worried about getting fat, Bolt told CNN, “Hell no. That’s one thing I’m determined not to have. I have a bet with a couple of people.”
However, he has noted that as an Olympic athlete he has cut down on the fast food and started eating more vegetables.
McDonald’s once made the Big Mac even bigger.
You can have your wedding party at McDonald’s in Hong Kong.
One man has eaten a Big Mac every day since 1972.
At a Swedish ski resort, you can ski thru a McDonald’s.
Over 10 years, 700 claims were filed for burns due to McDonald’s coffee -- until one famous lawsuit.
In 1992, a woman spilled coffee on herself while sitting in the passenger seat of a car at a McDonald’s drive-thru, getting third-degree burns as a result. She sued McDonald’s and was awarded nearly $3 million, which was lowered to $640,000.Documentation was released by McDonald’s showing that there were more than 700 claims by people burned by coffee between 1982 and 1992.
There is a McDonald’s in all but 75 countries.
The world’s largest McDonald’s is in Orlando, Fla.
Stars such as Jay Leno and Pink worked at McDonald’s before becoming famous.
McDonald’s airlifted burgers to homesick athletes during the 1968 Olympics.
McDonald’s feeds around 1 percent of the world’s population every day.
McDonald’s Caesar salad is about as unhealthy as Big Mac.
McDonald’s sells 25 percent of Filet-O-Fish sandwiches during Lent.
McDonald’s starting selling a Filet-O-Fish in the 1960s when a Cincinnati franchise owner wanted Catholics to be able to eat on Friday at his store during lent.
Today, 25 percent of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sales are during lent.Related: 'McDonald's of the Future' Includes All-You-Can-Eat Fries
McDonald’s hosts an American Idol-style “Voice of McDonald’s” competition.
The 2015 winner of Voice of McDonald’s contest is Lucy Ospitia. She received a $25,000 prize.
The final competition was judged by big names in music including Grammy Award-winning composer David Foster and Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Skylar Grey.