World's biggest McDonald's fan has a hoarding problem, is loving it
You might think you're lovin' that Big Mac, but your devotion is meaningless compared to McDonald's superfan Mike Fountaine. The 60-year-old Pennsylvania native has been collecting Mickey D's merch for 45 years, and his decades of hard work have resulted in a record-setting 75,000-piece set of memorabilia -- the largest McDonald's collection in the world.
It all began in 1969, when the 16-year-old Fountaine received a lapel pin to commemorate his first year of fry-cooking at McDonald's. Today, Fountaine owns so many cups, pins, and toys that they take up nine rooms in his home, plus a 2,400sqft barn. But his greatest collector's item is probably the restaurant he owns -- a Mickey D's in Allentown with cherrywood fireplaces and chandeliers. Presumably, he's got McNugget Buddies hanging from every tier.
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist. She does not own 75,000 pieces of McDonald's merchandise, but she does have a pretty substantial stack of worthless magazines. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.