20 Fun Facts About McDonald's History That Will 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.

Related: One of McDonald's Oldest Employees Is This 92-Year-Old Woman in Singapore

Fact 1. A chicken nugget was once sold on eBay for $8,100.

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Why? The chicken nugget resembled George Washington. Twenty-three people bid on the three-year-old nugget. EBay generally has a rule against selling expired foods, but it made an exception.

The woman selling the nugget, Rebekah Speight, said that she was raising money for children at her local church to go to summer camp.

Fact 2. McDonalds sells more toys than Hasbro and Mattel.

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McDonald’s sells around 1.5 billion toys worldwide -- more than Hasbro or Mattel sell individually.

McDonald’s has started to include books instead of toys in Happy Meals, placing more books in kids’ hands than those catalogued in The Library of Congress, the world’s largest library.

Fact 3. Ronald McDonald is more recognizable than Santa Claus.

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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.

Fact 4. Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams worked on the Im Lovin It song.

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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.

Fact 5. McDonalds employees can attend Hamburger University.

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Hamburger University

Fact 6. Usain Bolt ate 1,000 chicken nuggets during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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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.

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Fact 7. McDonalds once made the Big Mac even bigger.

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In April 2016, McDonald’s rolled out their Giga Big Mac in Japan, which is essentially two burgers stacked on top of each other.


Fact 8. You can have your wedding party at McDonalds in Hong Kong.

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If you’re living in Hong Kong and looking to get married at McDonald’s, you're in luck. For $9,999 you can enjoy a Love Forever party, french fry picture frame included.


Fact 9. One man has eaten a Big Mac every day since 1972.

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Donald Gorsky holds the Guinness World Record for the most Big Macs consumed. He has had at least one Big Mac a day since 1972, totaling 26,000 Big Macs in his lifetime.

Gorksy told WQAD that he has also had a Big Mac in every state.

Fact 10. At a Swedish ski resort, you can ski thru a McDonalds.


If you’re looking to burn off some calories, “McSkiing” is the way to do it.



Fact 11. Over 10 years, 700 claims were filed for burns due to McDonalds coffee -- until one famous lawsuit.

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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.

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Fact 12. There is a McDonalds in all but 75 countries.


Even though McDonald’s has a strong presence overseas, North Korea, Bolivia and Iceland are among the countries that don’t have a McDonald’s. (McSad!)

According to the World Atlas, there are about 194 countries in the world. McDonald’s is currently located in 119 countries.

Fact 13. The worlds largest McDonalds is in Orlando, Fla.

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Fact 14. Stars such as Jay Leno and Pink worked at McDonalds before becoming famous.

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have all claimed to have worked at McDonald’s

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Fact 15. McDonalds airlifted burgers to homesick athletes during the 1968 Olympics.


Athletes in Grenoble, France, requested burgers from McDonald’s during the 1968 Olympics to feel less homesick.

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Fact 16. McDonalds feeds around 1 percent of the worlds population every day.

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Fact 17. McDonalds Caesar salad is about as unhealthy as Big Mac.


McDonald’s Keep Calm, Caesar On salad has 520 calories in it -- only 20 less than a Big Mac. More surprising is the amount of sodium in the salad -- 1,140 mg. The recommended daily average sodium intake is 2,300 mg per day.

Fact 18. McDonalds 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.


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Fact 19. McDonalds hosts an American Idol-style Voice of McDonalds 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.