I present to your attention a selection of interesting facts about the world's most popular fast food chain
1. In 1970, Americans spent $ 6 billion a year on this food, in 2001 - more than $ 110 billion. This is more than on higher education, computers, cars. More than books, films, magazines, newspapers, videos and music combined.
2. The average American eats 3 hamburgers and 4 servings of potatoes every week.
3. Every eighth worker in the United States once worked at McDonald's.
4. McDonald's consumes pork, beef and potatoes the most in the United States, chicken - slightly less than the fast food "Kentucky Fried Chicken".
5. Specially for "McDonald's" a breed of chickens with huge breasts, "Mister MD", was bred. A popular dish on the menu, Chicken McNuggets, is made from white breast meat. This changed the entire chicken production industry. The chicken began to be sold not whole, as 20 years ago, but cut into pieces.
6. The golden arches of McDonald's, according to psychologist Luis Cheskin, are a Freudian symbol. This is "a pair of huge breasts" of mother McDonald's ...
7. Two-thirds of all fast food workers are under 20. They work for very little wages, performing simple operations. In 1958, the first 75-page instruction appeared in "MD", describing in detail the order of all actions for preparing food and how to communicate with customers. Today such a book has 750 pages, and it is called the "McDonald's bible."
8. Staff turnover in fast food - up to 400%. The typical employee leaves the cafe after 4 months. Among the workers there are many teenagers from poor families and immigrants, especially from Latin America, who only know the name of the dishes on the menu in English.
9. Low wages and lack of labor protection are replaced by the creation of a "team spirit" among young workers. For a long time, McDonald's managers have been taught how to competently praise their subordinates and create the illusion of their irreplaceability. It's cheaper than raising wages.
10. Traumatism among young personnel is twice as high as among adults. Every year 200, 000 people are maimed in their cafes.
11. The young workforce loves to joke. Los Angeles fast food videos showed teenagers sneezing into food, licking their fingers, picking their noses, putting out cigarettes on food, and dropping them on the floor. In May 2000, three teenagers from Burger King in New York were arrested for spitting and urinating in dishes for about 8 months. Cockroaches live in mixers, and mice climb at night on hamburgers left for defrosting ... It is known that many fast food workers do not eat in their own cafe until they have prepared a portion for themselves.
12. Everyone likes the taste of McDonald's potatoes. Previously, it depended solely on the fat in which it was fried. For decades it has been a mixture of 7% cottonseed oil and 93% beef tallow. In 1990, people took up arms against cholesterol, and in fast foods they switched to 100% vegetable oil. But the taste had to be left the same! If you ask McDonald's today for information on the composition of the dishes, then at the end of the long list you will read the humble "natural flavor". This is a universal explanation of why everything in fast food is so delicious ...
13. Recipes for potatoes and hamburgers should be looked for not in cookbooks, but in the works "Food Technology" and "Food Engineering". What we eat there has changed more in the past 40 years than in the previous 40, 000. Both the taste and smell of hamburgers and K are made in the huge chemical factories of New Jersey.
14. About 90% of all the products we buy are pre-processed. Preservation and freezing kill the natural taste of food. Therefore, for the last 50 years, neither we nor fast food could live without chemical factories.
15. In addition to the taste of McDonald's products, International Flavors & Fragrantsez produces 6 of the 10 most popular perfumes in the world, including Beautyful Esti Lauder and Tresor Lancoma. And also the smells of soap, dishwashing detergents, shampoos, etc. All this is the result of one process. You shave in fact the same that you have for dinner.
16. Working in a meat processing plant has become the most dangerous in America: the official figure alone is 40, 000 injuries per year. US meat processing plants process up to 400 carcasses per hour, while in Europe no more than 100. Due to low wages, only immigrants work here.
17. The farmers' cows ate, as they should, on grass. Cows destined for a large fast food meat grinder are herded in huge herds three months before being killed in special areas, where they are fed with grain and anabolic steroids.
18. One cow can eat more than 3, 000 pounds of grain and gain 400 pounds of weight. At the same time, the meat becomes very fatty, just right for minced meat.
19. The rise in grain prices worsened an already dire situation. Before 1997 - the first call from mad cow disease - 75% of American cattle ate the remains of sheep, cows and even dogs and cats from animal shelters. In 1994 alone, US cows ate 3 million pounds of chicken droppings. After 1997, supplements from pigs, horses and chickens, along with sawdust from chicken coops, remained in the diet.
20. Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States after smoking. It kills 28, 000 people every year. The level of obesity among the British, who love fast food more than all Europeans, has doubled. In Japan, with their sea and vegetable diet, there were almost no fat people before - today they have become like everyone else.