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15 amazing facts about McDonald's

Last updated on: December 14, 2012 11:02 IST

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McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries.

Headquartered in the United States, the company began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald; in 1948 they reorganised their business as a hamburger stand using production line principles.

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Image: A McDonald's restaurant in Del Mar, California.
Photographs: Mike Blake/Reuters

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McDonald's serves one per cent of the world's population every day.

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Image: McDonald's Ronald McDonald chats with a counter staff in Tokyo.
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McDonald's sells more than 75 hamburgers every second.

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Image: A McDonald's drive-thru sign in Los Angeles.
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McDonald's' $24 billion in revenue makes it the 90th-largest economy in the world.

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Image: Service staff attend to customers at a McDonald's restaurant in Moscow.
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

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Counting $32 billion in revenue from franchise stores, McDonald's claims the 68th biggest economy, bigger than Ecuador.

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Image: Customers buy food at a McDonald's restaurant in Moscow.
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McDonald's hires around one million workers in the US every year.

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Image: A woman walks out of a McDonald's restaurant in New York.
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According to company estimates, one in every eight American workers has been employed by McDonald's.

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Image: A Mcdonald's restaurant in London.
Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

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McDonald's is the world's largest distributor of toys, with one included in 20 per cent of all sales.

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Image: McDonald's restaurant in Tokyo.
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McDonald's' iconic golden arches are recognised by more people than the cross.

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Image: McDonald's restaurant in Chicago.
Photographs: John Gress/Reuters

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The Queen of England owns a McDonald's near Buckingham Palace as part of her vast real estate portfolio.

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Image: McDonald's corporate headquarters in Oakbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
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For the next three years, McDonald's is going to open one restaurant every day in China.

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Image: McDonald's drive-thru in Shanghai.
Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters

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McDonald's delivers - in 18 countries.

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Image: Customers use a computer terminal called a kiosk to order breakfast at a McDonalds restaurant in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado.
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In some countries, McDonald's delivers - 24 hours.

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Image: A McDonald's restaurant on 42nd Street in Times Square in New York.
Photographs: Peter Morgan/Reuters

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The only place that is more than 100 miles from a McDonald's is a barren plain in South Dakota.

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Image: A patron picks up an order at a McDonald's restaurant in Washington.
Photographs: Hyungwon Kang/Reuters

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Americans alone consume one billion pounds of beef at McDonald's in a year - five and a half million head of cattle.

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Image: A McDonald's restaurant in Chicago.
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McDonald's sells hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken, french fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts.


Image: A McDonald's restaurant in Milan, Italy.
Photographs: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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