25 Insane Ways That McDonald’s Took Over The World

Who isn’t familiar with McDonald’s? From Big Macs to Double Quarter Pounders, McDonald’s has served countless amount of people. Almost synonymous with the term “fast food”, McDonald’s has managed to dominate the economy in ways that you probably weren’t even aware of. But economic gain is not the only reason why McDonald’s seems to be taking over the world (figuratively speaking). From powerful political leaders who own McDonald’s restaurants to McDonald’s aggressive expansion across the globe, these are 25 insane ways that McDonald’s took over the world.

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Every 14.5 hours a McDonald's opens somewhere in the world

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McDonald's is actually the world's largest toy distributer. They give out more than 1.5 billion every year

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At over $28 billion revenue per year, it makes more than the entire state of Vermont. It's also the most profitable fast food restaurant in the world.

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There are McDonald's restaurants in 119 countries, but 40% of them are in the US

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In fact, the only place in the continental US that is more than 100 miles from a McDonald's is a desert in northwest Nevada

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1% of the world's population eats at McDonalds every day

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The Queen of England owns a McDonald's

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One in every eight American workers were at one point in their lives employed by McDonald's

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Globally, it has more than 761,000 employees. That is more than the entire population of Luxembourg

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If it were a country, McDonald's would be the 90th richest country on Earth

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Every second McDonald's sells 75 hamburgers

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McDonald's is the world's largest owner of retail property. Actually, most of its profit isn't even from food...it's from collecting rent

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McDonald's refers to customers who eat their food often as "heavy users"

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McDonald's caesar salad is actually more fattening than its hamburgers

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The company operates more playgrounds in the United States than any other entity

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Since 1948 McDonald's has sold over 4 trillion fries. If placed back to back they would reach all the way to Jupiter and back...twice

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In 2005 a man named Ronald McDonald actually robbed a Wendy's

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It takes the average McDonald's employee 7 months to earn what the CEO makes...in only one hour.

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More than 80,000 people have graduated from Hamburger University with a degree in Hamburgerology

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On a website that McDonald's runs for its workers the company advises them to avoid fast food

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The average person in India has to work 6 hours in order to afford a Big Mac

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McDonald's didn't originally sell hamburgers. It sold hotdogs.

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Also, the original menu did not feature french fries

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And you thought french fries were just fried potatoes right? Wrong. The fries at McDonalds contain 17 ingredients.

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In spite of all the statistics we just mentioned McDonald's is not the largest fast food restaurant in terms of number of physical locations (~35,000). That prize goes to Subway (~40,000). Nevertheless, Mc Donalds is still the world's most valuable fast food brand worth over $85 billion dollars.

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