10 Facts About McDonald’s That Will Blow Your Mind Feb 15, 2015 yumme General 0 McDonald’s is probably the most recognizable fast food franchise in the world, and serves over 68 million people on a daily basis, around the world. Despite the company’s popularity, there are still a lot of things that most people don’t know about the company that will surprise them, which is why we created this list of 10 facts about the company, that will blow your mind. It Started As A Hot Dog Stand Dick and Mac McDonald ran a movie theater during the Great Depression, which wasn’t making a lot of money. They noticed that a hot dog stand that was close to their theater always seemed to be busy, and was turning a healthy profit, so they got a $5,000 loan, and started the Airdrome hot dog stand, which they later renamed McDonald’s Barbeque. You Could Order Pizza The company introduced Pizza as a menu item in the 70s, in some test markets in the U.S. and Canada. It was originally a family sized pizza, but was scaled down to a personal size pie. At some point, there were 500 test markets across the United States, but it was eventually put on hold, and discontinued by most of the restaurants, but there are still a few franchises that still offer pizza. The Company Symbol Is The Most Recognized In The World The golden arches of McDonald’s are the most recognized symbols across the world, which is pretty impressive, considering symbols like the cross have been around for much longer. There Is One McDonald’s Without Golden Arches All over the world, every McDonald’s has golden arches, except for one store, which is located in Sedona, Arizona. Instead of the traditional arches, this McDonald’s has turquoise arches instead. According to the government officials, they think the company color will look bad with the red rock of their city. It Is Not The Largest Restaurant Chain Despite being around much longer, the company lost its title of being the largest restaurant chain to Subway, who now have over 43,000 restaurants in 108 countries. It Is The Biggest Toy Distributor In The World Most people would think that title will go to a toy company like Toys “R” Us, but it isn’t. The reason the company is the biggest toy distributor is because they generate 20 percent of their sales from Happy Meals, which come with a toy included. McDonald’s Delivers In 18 countries, you can have McDonald’s delivered to your home, 24 hours a day, which is very convenient. They will try to expand it to include more countries. It Sells 75 Burgers Per Second Due to the fact that they have over 35,000 stores in 118 countries, the company is estimated to sell more than 75 hamburgers per minute. The Queen of England Owns A McDonald’s The Queen purchased a McDonald’s restaurant when she bought a retail park close to Windsor Castle, where she lives. She is most likely never going to eat there or step foot in it, but it is still an interesting fact. There Is A McDonald’s Within 100 Miles In The United States If you live in the U.S., you won’t have any problems finding a McDonald’s restaurant, because there is at least one restaurant within a 100 miles of your location. The only exception is South Dakota, where the closest McDonald’s is 145 miles away.