Thursday
October
30
2014
8:24 am
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Know It All
May 31, 2014, 05:00 AM

McDonald's Happy Meals debuted in 1979. The first Happy Meal promotion was Circus Wagon. Later that year, McDonald's introduced a Star Trek-themed series of Happy Meals.

***

Since the introduction of Happy Meals, McDonald's is the world’s largest toy distributor.

***

When the first Burger King restaurant opened in 1954, a hamburger cost 18 cents. Whoppers cost 37 cents when they were first available in 1957.

***

Burger King restaurants serve regional fare in different countries. The Bulgogi Burger is on the menu in Korea. It is a pork patty with garlic sauce. The Aussie Burger in Australia is a Whopper with an egg, cheese and beetroot. In Sweden, the Whopper is served with hot cheese dressing instead of mayonnaise.

***

Burger King kids meals used to be promoted by cartoon characters called the Burger King Kids Club Gang. Among the kids in the gang were a female photographer named Snaps, a boy in a wheelchair named Wheels and a boy with glasses and a pocket protector named I.Q.

***

Can you name the fast food restaurant chains that the following entrepreneurs founded? Ray Kroc, Dave Thomas, Robert Peterson, Carl Karcher, partners Roy Allen and Frank Wright. See answer at end.

***

In-N-Out Burger is a privately-owned corporation. The restaurants are not franchised and there are no plans to take the company public.

***

Jack in the Box has given away or sold 22 million antenna balls since the promotional item was introduced in 1995.

***

Dairy Queen started using Dennis the Menace as the company mascot in 1972. Thirty years later, in 2002, they stopped using the cartoon character because the company felt that youth could no longer relate to it .

***

Alan Schmidt became known as the Blizzard Guy when he set out to eat a Dairy Queen Blizzard Treat in all 50 states. He succeeded in 2002 when he ate his last Blizzard at a Dairy Queen in Alaska.

***

The mascot for the A&W restaurant chain is the Great Root Bear.

***

Customers at A&W restaurants in Canada can order from the Burger Family menu. The choices are the Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Teen, Baby and Grandpa Burgers. The Teen Burger is the number one selling hamburger on the menu.

***

In 1930, to prove that hamburgers were not unhealthy, the founders of the White Castle hamburger chain had a medical student eat only White Castle hamburgers and water for 13 weeks. They were proud to report that “the student maintained good health and was eating 20 to 24 hamburgers a day.”

***

Clara Peller (1902-1987) was the little old lady who gained fame when she said the catchphrase “Where’s the Beef?” in a 1984 commercial for Wendy’s.

***

Answer: Ray Kroc (1902-1984): McDonald's, opened in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Dave Thomas (1932-2002): Wendy’s, opened in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. Robert Peterson: Jack In The Box, opened in 1952 in San Diego. Carl Karcher (born 1917): Carls Jr., started business in 1941 with a hot dog stand in Los Angeles. Roy Allen and Frank Wright: A&W, opened in 1922 in Sacramento. The business name is the first letters of their last names.

Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email knowitall(at)smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.

 

 

Tags: burger, opened, first, mcdonald, happy, meals,


Other stories from today:

 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
Now that the Giants have won three World Series titles in five years, would you say they are a dynasty?

Absolutely, yes
I would think so
Maybe one more would make them a dynasty
I don't like the word dynasty
Madison Bumgarner is a dynasty!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County name change notice