If you've always wanted to know more about your preferred drive-through spot, but didn't feel like hiding behind the dumpsters for eight and a half hours, gather 'round. Thrillist combed the web for weird/cool/weirdly cool trivia on all your favorite fast food restaurants, and is presenting it now in this heart stopping-ly succinct list.
- Popeye’s Chicken is named after Popeye Doyle, Gene Hackman's character in The French Connection, not Popeye the Sailor Man.
- Taco Bell offers French fries in some locations outside the US. In fact, the Canadian branches offer four types of fries: regular, cheesy, chili cheese, and Fries Supreme (fries topped with beef chili, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, and chives). Canadians also call one-dollar coins Loonies, so, clearly, anything goes in Canada.
- Be careful, those of you who often enjoy exploring the insides of giant cans: there are no freezers, microwaves, or can openers at Chipotle.
- The largest Dairy Queen in the world is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is 7500sqft and seats 240 customers.
- A then-unknown Seth Green starred in a 1991 commercial for Snapps (the forerunner to Rally's). Green has plans to become unknown again in the next three to four years.
- Meanwhile, four-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar used to hawk Burger King.
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- The Japanese baseball team the Hanshin Tigers is said to suffer from the "Curse of the Colonel". In 1985, a bunch of fans celebrating the team's Japan Series win stole a life-size statue of Colonel Sanders from a nearby KFC and tossed it in the river. They later apologized to the store manager and promised to retrieve the statue. But when they searched the river the next day, it was gone. The Tigers did not return to the Japan Series for 18yrs and haven't won the title since -- even though the statue finally turned up in 2009, working as a riverboat casino manager (NOTE: the statue does not work as a riverboat casino manager).
- The Big Mac got its name in 1967 from Esther Glickstein, a 21-year-old secretary in the McDonald’s advertising department. Until she offered her suggestion, the leading choice was "Blue Ribbon Burger".
- "Wendy" is Melinda Lou, founder Dave Thomas’s daughter. Her nickname was Wenda when she was younger because she couldn’t pronounce her own name. (Here's what she looks like now.)
- A large order of fries at Five Guys is a staggering 1464 calories and 71 grams of fat.
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- The burger wrappers and drink cups at In-N-Out feature hidden Bible passages, like John 3:16. Former president (and born-again Christian) Rich Snyder had the verses printed on In-N-Out packaging and the practice continued after he died in a plane crash in 1993.
- As of last year, Sonic has 3531 locations in the U.S.
- ... But that’s nothing compared to Subway’s 24,722.
- White Castle co-founder Walter Anderson is credited with inventing the modern hamburger bun.
- The original "McDonaldland" mascots were blatant rip-offs of characters from the kids' show H.R. Pufnstuf -- so much so that the show creators won a massive lawsuit against the McDonald's and mascots like Mayor McCheese (who's pretty similar to the titular H.R. Pufnstuf character, above) were subsequently retired, or killed by the Hamburgular during his nihilistic Hamurderer period.
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- Arby's stands for R.B., the initials of Raffel Brothers, but many customers and even people who would never admit to eating at an Arby's think the initials stand for roast beef.
- Robert Downey Jr. has credited Burger King with helping him beat his drug addiction. He says the burger he ordered from them in 2003 was so disgusting that he got the feeling something bad was going to happen and tossed all his drugs in the ocean. What he doesn't mention is that two days later he offered to buy his drugs back from the ocean in exchange for three Oscars he stole from Daniel Day-Lewis's sitting room.
- When Steak 'n Shake was first starting out, founder Gus Belt would wait for the busiest time and then wheel in a barrel of steaks, grinding them into burgers right in front of the customers. This is where the slogan "In Sight It Must Be Right" comes from.
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- Jack In The Box and Wendy's were the first large chains to integrate drive-through windows into their indoor walk-up restaurants.
- Most In-N-Out locations featured two tall palm trees that cross each other to form an X. This is a reference to It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, one of founder Harry Snyder’s favorite movies.