7 Fat facts about the Big Mac to impress the ones you love
It clogs your arteries already, so why not let it clog your brain with its extensive history too ...
The approximate number of Big Macs sold in the U.S. annually.
In 2005, McDonald’s saw an opportunity to brand the Big Mac as a pop culture icon by offering hip-hop artists who mention the burger in a song five dollars for every time the song was played on the radio. Jackpot!
Do you know what they call a Big Mac in Alaska?
The Big Mac has various names in different states and countries. For instance, in Alaska it’s called a McKinley Mack, named after Mount Mckinley, and is made with two quarter-pound patties. In India, it’s called the Maharaja Mac, and used to be made with lamb meat, but is now made with chicken patties. In Japan, it’s the Mega Tamago, and is served with an egg on top. In Australia and New Zealand, it’s called the Son of Mac, which is smaller and served with no center bun.
The Big Mac Index
Sold in 120 countries, the Big Mac has become synonymous with capitalism as economists use the iconic burger as a point of reference when comparing the cost of living in different countries. It’s called the Big Mac Index. America!
A Big WHAT?
Introduced in 1967 in Pittsburgh, the Big Mac originally had two names: the Aristocrat, which people couldn’t pronounce or understand, and the Blue Ribbon Burger, which was just stupid. Eventually, a 21-year-old advertising secretary at the McDonald’s headquarters came up with Big Mac, named after a similar, competing burger chain’s burger called the Big Boy.
The “two all-beef patties special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” jingle we all hate so much was composed by Charles Rosenburg of Needham, Harper and Steers in 1975. People know it better than the Pledge of Allegiance — which, in all fairness, is tricky.
The average number of seeds on a sesame seed bun.