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We bet you didn’t know these facts from the Golden State

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15 Weird Things You Never Knew About California Gallery

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While you won’t learn any Hollywood secrets or salacious celebrity gossip reading this, you will learn some pretty interesting facts about the state of California. This West Coast state has some pretty weird history dating back to well before it became a state in 1850.

We searched through California’s extensive history to find weird facts and historic events that took place in this state that might not blow your mind — but they’ll at least give you some other information about California besides the fact that it has legal marijuana, celebrities, and a Golden Gate Bridge.

From Sacramento to San Diego, there are tons of weird things you never knew about California. For one, you can leave the LA coroner’s office with goodies. You won’t be able to bring any nuclear weapons to Chico, so leave those at home. Plus, parts of this state are so beautiful they’ve inspired songs. Will its natural beauty inspire you? Check out these 15 weird things you never knew about California.

The Fortune Cookie Was Invented in San Francisco

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Although there are several stories as to when and where in the state the fortune cookie was invented, the prevailing one is that Makoto Hagiwara of Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden is the first person to ever serve them. The cookies were made by San Francisco bakery Benkyodo. However, a Chinese immigrant named David Jung contested that he invented the cookie in 1918 in Los Angeles. Jung was the founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company in Los Angeles, and fought the San Francisco’s Court of Historical Review for the title of inventor. He lost.

The Town of Fallbrook Is Known as the Avocado Capital of the World

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California avocados are the best, and the city of Fallbrook, which is known for its avocado groves, claims the title of “Avocado Capital of the World.” Fallbrook even hosts an annual avocado festival that draws crowds from all over the planet.

Otis Redding Wrote ‘The Dock Of The Bay’ While Staying on a Houseboat in Sausalito

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Picturesque Sausalito is right across the bay from San Francisco, and as you can imagine, sitting on one of its docks offers dazzling views of the city.

LA’s Original Name Was ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Sobre el Rio Porciuncula’

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This Spanish phrase translates to “the River of Our Lady Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula.” The name was eventually shortened to “Los Angeles,” but the original main street can still be visited, with many of its original buildings and cobble stone walkways, downtown on Olvera Street — formerly Calle Olvera.

The LA Coroner’s Office Has a Gift Shop

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It’s called Skeletons in the Closet, and in it you can buy clothing, housewares, office supplies, accessories, fake tattoos, and even a 4-D exploded skull. But you can’t buy, like, a severed finger or anything. That would just be gross.

Beverly Hills Began as a Lima Bean Ranch

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90210, one of the richest zip codes in the world, began as a Spanish lima bean ranch. It started picking up its prestige when Golden Age Hollywood stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford bought land there to build their 56-acre estate.

California Was Originally Called ‘The Grizzly Bear State’ Until Someone Found Gold

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The California grizzly can still be found on the state flag and is still the official state animal of California. Sadly, once the Gold Rush began, the subspecies Ursus arctos californicus was hunted to extinction within a century.

The Bear on the California State Flag Has a Name

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The California state flag features a majestic looking California grizzly named “Monarch.” Monarch the drawing was based on a real bear of the same name who was found in the Ventura Mountains in 1889. He was captured and lived in captivity until his death in San Francisco 22 years later. Monarch, who when alive weighed more than 1,200 pounds, is now a taxidermy item at the California Academy of Sciences in the city where he died.

None of San Francisco’s Banks Failed in the 1929 Stock Market Crash

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Even though the rest of the country was facing the Great Depression, San Francisco constructed both the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oakland Bay Bridge during that time.

The City of Chico Has Some Pretty Strange Laws

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It’s illegal to “own” or “keep” any “offensive-smelling” animal hides in this California town. In 1984 Chico was also declared a “nuclear-free zone,” meaning that its inhabitants are not allowed to produce, test, maintain, or store nuclear weapons.

California Is Actually the Birthplace of McDonald’s

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The first ever McDonald’s was opened in San Bernardino, California, by Dick and Mac McDonald in 1948. They sold 15-cent hamburgers. Native Chicagoan Ray Kroc acquired the rights to the company in 1961 for $2.7 million and made the brand what it is today.

The Entire Coastline Is a National Monument

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Literally, the entire thing. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management: “Connecting the Pacific Ocean with the land, the California Coastal National Monument provides unique coastal habitat for marine-dependent wildlife and vegetation on more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs and pinnacles along the California coastline, as well as 7,924 acres of public land in six onshore units: Trinidad Head, Waluplh-Lighthouse Ranch, Lost Coast Headlands, Point Arena-Stornetta, Cotoni-Coast Dairies, and Piedras Blancas.”

California Is the Only US State to Have a Chemical Element Named After It

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It’s called “Californium,” and it’s a radioactive rare earth metal and a biological hazard. Neat!

Marilyn Monroe Was Once Castroville’s ‘Artichoke Queen’

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Castroville is known as the “Artichoke Center of the World,” and in 1948, actress and icon Marilyn Monroe was crowned their first ever Artichoke Queen at the Castroville Artichoke Festival. Nowadays you won’t find any celebrities hanging out in Castroville. If you’re looking to spot stars, these are the 35 places in LA where you’re most likely to spot a celebrity.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.


16 Mind-Blowing McDonald's Facts You Never Knew

Whether we're talking about beautiful Big Macs, fabulous Fillet O' Fish or magnificent McFlurries, there's no denying it - McDonald's is iconic. I mean, name a more recognisable symbol than those golden arches (more on that later).

With that in mind, here are 16 facts about our precious McDonald's that will blow your mind. Or at least make you drop your fries.

1. Big Mac secret sauce is no longer a secret

McDonald's managed to keep the Big Mac sauce recipe a secret until it allegedly leaked online in 2017. If you want to make the sauce at home you'll just need soybean oil, pickle relish, vinegar, egg yolks, onion powder, sugar, and mustard seed. Don't ask us about quantities, mind you.

2. You will not get served at a drive-thru if you turn up on horseback

In 2013, a woman on a horse attempted to order McDonald's at a Manchester drive-thru. She was turned away by employees and fined. So instead of ordering at the drive-thru, she took her horse into the restaurant, where her mighty steed did some pooping all over the floor. Sort-of serves them right in a way.

Anyway, things might have changed since this incident, but we doubt it, so just assume that you can't ride your horse in or around a McDonald's, okay?

3. You also can't just walk through a drive-thru either

&ldquoWe have a policy that forbids us from serving people who are not in a &lsquomotorised vehicle&rsquo in [the] drive-thru because it can be unsafe,&rdquo one employee admitted on Reddit. &ldquoBicycles, electric scooters, and pedestrians cannot be served.&rdquo

4. Justin Timberlake got paid A LOT for his 'Ba-da-ba-ba-bah. I'm lovin' it' song

McDonald&rsquos paid Justin Timberlake a whopping $6million to sing those three words for it's advertising campaign. The fast-food chain also sponsored a 35-city European tour for Mr Trousersnake.

5. McDonald's actually started out as a hot dog restaurant called Airdrome

Back in the 1930s, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald took out a $5,000 loan and started the worldwide corporation which we know today as McDonald&rsquos. But their very first restaurant was a hot dog place in Monrovia, California, and it was called the Airdrome.

In 1940, they moved their restaurant to San Bernardino, California, and changed its name to McDonald&rsquos Barbecue. In 1948, it was re-branded as a place for burgers and fries.

6. The oldest McDonald's in operation still has its original branding

The restaurant in Downey, California, was the fourth McDonald's to open and is still going today. It opened its doors for the first time in 1953.

7. Ronald McDonald wasn't always the mascot

Originally, the McDonald's mascot was a sweet little chef named Speedee. But after people started confusing him with Alka-Seltzer's mascot Speedy, Ronald and his big red wig turned up. You can still find Speedee branding in some of the oldest McDonald's restaurants, like the one in Downey.

8. And the original Ronald McDonald was absolutely terrifying

He was played by weatherman Willard Scott and he was the stuff of cheeseburger-induced nightmares.

9. The Founder is based on the true story of McDonald's

Michael Keaton stars in 2016's The Founder as milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc. He was delivering milkshake mixers to McDonald's in 1954, when he convinced owners Richard and Maurice to give him the franchising rights to the restaurants.

It also stars Ron Swanson, so you know it's worth a watch.

10. Quite a few celebrities have worked at McDonald's at one time or another

Rachel McAdams, Pink, Shania Twain and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have all donned a Maccy D name badge.

11. One in eight Americans have worked in McDonald's

It's not just celebs getting their hair nets on - it's estimated that, seeing as there are over 14,000 McDonald's in America, one in eight Americans have done a stint working there.

12. There are some countries where you won't find a McDonald's

You won't find the Golden Arches in Ghana, Barbados, Montenegro, Jamaica, Bolivia,North Korea, Iceland, Macedonia, Iran or Bermuda.

13. Drive-thrus were originally invented because of the army

McDonald&rsquos first drive-thru opened in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was near a military base, and soldiers weren't allowed to leave their cars while wearing fatigues, so the drive-thru was invented so they could still get their hands on hamburgers.