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You Can Thank The Drive-Thru For Your Car Cup Holder


Each year on July 21st we observe National Junk Food Day.  This day is dedicated to the foods that everyone loves to snack on.  Junk foods by definition are usually high in fats, sugars, salt and calories and contain very little nutritional value.

The 1st McDonald’s restaurant was created in 1948. Back then, their hamburger cost around 15 cents and became the restaurant’s main staple.

  • Every month, 9 out of 10 American children visit a McDonald’s restaurant
  • French Fries are the most popular fast food in America
  • Although McDonald’s made the drive thru public, it was Wendy’s who first thought of the idea around 1971.
  • Drive-thrus led to installation of cup holders in vehicles. Real demand for the cup holder didn’t pick up until the 1950s, when drive-ins and drive-thru windows became mainstays of American eating. The very earliest evidence of complete cup-holding comes from a 1950 newspaper clipping that describes a “snack tray for car” that “hangs from dashboard.” The cups were held by metal discs hanging on chains from the tray, and seem to actually be fairly secure.
  • There are over 300,000 fast food restaurants in the United States
  • Coca-Cola and PepsiCo products are sold in all but one country. North Korea is the lone holdout.
  • McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes in the world.
  • Kentucky fried chicken is the largest purchaser of chicken in the world.
  • 96% of all Americans have visited McDonald’s at least once
  • In 1952 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sold the first paper chicken bucket.
  • Americans consume over 57 gallons per person of soft drinks annually.


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