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5 Things You Didn’t Know About McDonalds…

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***Being A Stock Holder in McDonalds (yup…one share!  And I keep getting my quarterly checks…LOL) You would think that I would have known these…but NOPE!***

On October 5, 1902, American entrepreneur Ray A. Kroc was born. Kroc rose from humble beginnings and built McDonald’s into the most famous and successful fast-food restaurant in the world.   Here are five things you probably didn’t know about McDonald’s.

McDonald’s Was Originally a Barbecue Joint

By the time Kroc first visited the restaurant, it was serving a small assortment of burgers, sides, and drinks. However, between its creation in 1940 and 1948, McDonald’s was actually a barbecue joint, serving ribs and meat-based sandwiches. Even in that incarnation, it was incredibly popular with the local teens and quickly became a hangout. In 1948, the founders of McDonald’s, two brothers named Dick and Mac McDonald, actually closed the restaurant for some massive menu overhauls. They reopened as a burger joint with a unique ordering and cooking system that was light-years more efficient than other restaurants.

McDonald’s Created Its Drive-Thru Specifically to Help Soldiers

McDonald’s was not the first restaurant to have a drive-thru; that honor goes to Red’s Hamburg in Missouri (the story that In-N-Out had the first drive-thru isn’t quite correct—it’s not the oldest overall, but the chain is the oldest existing company with a drive-thru). But in 1975, the manager of the McDonald’s in Sierra Vista, Arizona, introduced a drive-thru as a solution to a vexing problem: The fact that the local soldiers at Ft. Huachuca couldn’t come into the restaurant in uniform. An old decorum rule stated that soldiers couldn’t wear uniforms in public and off-base, which meant the soldiers couldn’t waltz into the restaurant for a burger. The manager heard that another McDonald’s was toying with the idea of a drive-thru when it occurred to him (the Sierra Vista manager) that the drive-thru would be a perfect compromise. Soldiers could order, but they wouldn’t have to get out of the car, and thus they technically wouldn’t be in public in their uniforms.

McDonald’s Didn’t Have In-Restaurant Seating Until the 1970s

Until the 1970s, McDonald’s locations were pretty spartan. There were a few outdoor benches, but the custom was for people to eat in their cars or take the food home. In the 1970s, though, McDonald’s and other fast-food places began adding indoor seating when they found out that people wanted to eat there, but in a sheltered environment (rain-soaked fries are no fun), much like they would at a full-service restaurant. Interestingly, in 2016, the chain both expanded and reduced its restaurant-like offerings; some locations are playing with a remote ordering system and table service, while others are going back to the takeout-only model with no indoor space for customers.

The Longest-Running McDonald’s Still in Existence Was Independent of the Chain Until 1990

The original location is now a museum, but the oldest running McDonald’s marched to its own drummer for decades. Kroc originally came on board to help the McDonald brothers with franchising, and one of those franchises, in Downey, California, signed a special agreement that basically freed it from the dictates of the main corporate office. The company took over the location in 1990, but until then, the restaurant didn’t have to add the same menu items or have the same decor. Even now, while it’s part of the main chain, the location still serves the beloved deep-fried apple pie, which was discontinued in 1992 and replaced with a baked version.

McDonald’s Was an Unwitting Player in One of the Biggest Game Scandals of the 20th Century

In July 2018, the Daily Beast ran a story that amazed readers. It detailed how the Monopoly game run as a promotion for McDonald’s became the center of one of the biggest scandals of the 20th century. Employees who were supposed to handle the security for the prize pieces instead took those pieces for themselves, giving them to friends, relatives, and acquaintances who they thought they could trust. The scam ran for 12 years until the FBI was able to stop it.

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Elvis Presley – Interesting Facts

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I am a HUGE Elvis Presley fan!  Have been for many years.

Although…I am more a fan of his “non” top 10 type songs!  Love his gospel and his movie songs the most!

And interestingly enough…Mom did not send me the following facts! But she did Tweet them…so in a “I’ll take it as the post was for me” attitude….I am sharing them with you!  LOL  The last fact below is the most interesting to me!  I honestly never would have guessed this about him.

Elvis Had a Twin Brother Who Died at Birth:

A photo of Elvis performing in 1960. Image source: WikiCommonsElvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, just a half-hour after his mother gave birth to his twin brother, Jesse Garon. Sadly, Jesse was stillborn and buried the next day in an unmarked grave. Though Elvis never met Jesse in life, he spoke of his brother frequently. His mother, Gladys, often said Elvis had the energy of two people.

He was Just 22 Years Old When He Bought Graceland.

A shot of the front of Graceland. Image source: WikiCommonsThe Memphis estate that would be his home throughout the entirety of his career was originally built as a 500-acre farm dedicated to the owner’s daughter, Grace. When Elvis acquired the home in 1957 at the young age of 22, he kept the name but made a number of upgrades including a “jungle room” with a working waterfall and a wall of televisions so Elvis could watch multiple broadcasts at once. Today, more than 600,000 fans flock to Graceland each year to tour the King’s castle, but almost no one has ever seen his bedroom.

President Bill Clinton Was Denied Access to Elvis’s Bedroom.

Rumor has it that the heavily guarded room where Elvis spent his final hours remains in the exact condition it was in the night he died. Clothes remain in the drawers, sheets on the bed, and nothing touched. It’s the holy grail for any Elvis fan, but almost no one has ever walked through the plush double doors. Only Elvis’s family and the estate manager have keys to the padlocks, and when President Clinton toured the facility in the 1990s, he was denied access. Rumor has it there’s only been one non-Presley to cross the threshold into the King’s domain: actor Nicolas Cage. Cage married Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie, and as the story goes, got a personal tour of the bedroom as his wedding present.

Elvis Once Flew To Denver for a Midnight Snack.

No stranger to extravagance and a glutton for greasy food, Elvis spared no expense when it came to getting what he wanted—food included. And one night, after waxing nostalgic about a $50 sandwich he once had at a restaurant in Denver, Elvis and his entourage hopped on his private plane to go get one. The trip cost a whopping $16,000. Oh, and the sandwich? A full loaf of Italian bread sliced lengthwise, scooped out and filled with margarine, an entire jar of grape jam, an entire jar of peanut butter, and a pound of bacon, deep-fried. 

Elvis Never Performed Outside of North America.

Despite his immense popularity worldwide, the King never played outside our continent. In fact, despite the fact that 40 percent of his record sales came from outside the US, Elvis’s only shows outside our country were a few scattered Canadian performances in 1957. There are several theories as to why, but the most prevailing is that Elvis’s longtime controversial manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was actually an illegal immigrant who feared deportation if he left the United States.

Never Gonna Give You Up…

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So….I was quite surprised when I got an email from my mom about the Famous Rick Astley Song – Never Gonna Give You Up.

Never Gonna Give You Up” is a song recorded by British singer and songwriter Rick Astley, released as a single on 27 July 1987. It was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was released as the first single from his debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody (1987). The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the singer’s native United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States and West Germany.

The music video for the song has become the basis for the “Rickrolling” Internet meme, leading the song to have an alternate name “The Rickroll Song”. In 2008, Astley won the MTV Europe Music Award For Best Act Ever with the song, as a result of collective voting from thousands of people on the internet, due to the popular phenomenon of Rickrolling. The song is considered Astley’s signature song and it is often played at the end of his live concerts.

But then…I watched the video that was included with the email….and I saw WHY she sent it to me!  THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!

Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Sung by 169 Movies!

I am not sure I can ever give up on watching this!  Makes me LOL (out loud) every time I watch it!   I hope you enjoy!

Cruise. Corden. Skydiving!

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In case you haven’t seen this yet (for those of you that are not on any social media of any kind)….THIS IS A MUST SEE!

Tom Cruise Forces James Corden to Skydive

Mom and I both absolutely love James Corden!!  One of the most talented people in Hollywood!

So…when you get to see him go skydiving with one of the greatest actors in the world….

YOU WATCH!

The Lorax…Is It Real??

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(CNN)One of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters may actually have a real-life counterpart, and no, it’s not as horrifying as it sounds.

Admit it: While his fictional, fantastical creatures have shaped many a childhood imagination, we as a human species are probably better off that there are no ACTUAL Whos or Grinches or Kwuggerbugs roaming about.

But the Lorax, Seuss’ orange environmental ambassador, lines up suspiciously well with a type of monkey found in Africa.

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According to the study, the Lorax and the patas monkey share several traits, from their stout primate stature to their bushy faces and even their voices.
“[I]t is probable that Geisel encountered [patas monkeys] at the Mount Kenya Safari Club,” the study says. “Even the voice of the Lorax (a ‘sawdusty sneeze’) resembles the ‘whoo-wherr’ vocalization of patas monkeys; the ‘whoo’ is a loud, wheezing expiration of air.”
The similarities don’t stop there. The researchers also noted the Lorax’s beloved Truffula trees not only resemble the whistling thorn acacia, a type of tree found on the African Savannah, but that particular tree actually provides food for the patas monkey.
While all of this is informed conjecture (after all, Dr. Seuss wrote and drew a lot of really weird stuff), the appearance of the Lorax (the character) combined with the purposeful ecological message of “The Lorax” (the book) do paint an interesting picture.
“These findings support our hypothesis that Geisel drew inspiration from a cercopithecine monkey and its ecology,” the study reads. “When put together with the fact that the book was written while on safari in Kenya, the coincidence seems striking.”

Weird Things You Can Buy On Amazon…

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Ok….so my Mom knows that I am an Amazonaholic.  Seriously…there should be a support group for us.  (*note to self…start support group…check Amazon for publicity and advertising materials)

But there are things on there that I would not buy!  For example…Milk!  Or Condoms – I sure as heck don’t need advertisements for those popping up all over my Facebook screen (oh yea…they already do)

Anyway…My mom sent me an email with “The Weirdest Things You Can Buy On Amazon” and I thought I would share a few with you!  Now…I am not sharing them all….as I honestly might buy a couple of the things listed.  But…I am weird.

Anyway…here goes:

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GRASS FLIP FLOPS  –  WHY??  Just around your yard with no shoes on.  FOR FREE!!!!

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A YODELING PICKLE  –  Now….if it was a radish…..  THEN MAYBE!

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A POUND OF FAT  –  Again…I can get this for free…and I don’t have to look at it!  Just put on a shirt!!

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8 POUNDS OF CEREAL MARSHMALLOWS  –  Cause eating Lucky Charms isn’t unhealthy enough!

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And lastly….and my favorite (no it is not an inhaler)….

A GIANT WALL DECAL OF A WOMAN SUCKING ON AN INHALER  –  And you may be asking yourself “WHY????”

The real question is….Why NOT!?

 

Budgie Balancing Trick

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Ok…so my Mom sent me an email that had the subject line “Budgie Balancing Trick” and I had to be honest with myself and admit that I had no idea what a Budgie was.  I clicked on the link and figured out it was a bird or a tennis ball.  So…I had to google it and this is what I found out:

A Budgie – The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus/ˈbʌərɪɡɑːr/, also known as the common parakeet or shell parakeet and usually informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot.

So…the Bird is balancing on the tennis ball.  Now…he seems to be quite good at this, although he does fall off quite a few times.  But hey…he is a bird…and it is a tennis ball.

Check out the video for yourselves:  BUDGIE BALANCING TRICK

Now…one of the things I love to do when I watch videos on Youtube is read the viewers comments and see how many people have Thumbed Up and Thumbed Down the video.  So far…this one had 37K Thumbs Up and 257 Thumbs Down.  COME ON PEOPLE!?  Seriously?  There are 257 people that took enough time out of their lives to say “I Did Not Enjoy Watching A Bird Balance On A Tennis Ball” – What The Heck Is Wrong With This World!?

Anyway…there was a comment I enjoyed…lets see if you can figure out which of these two made me LOL – OUT LOUD!!!

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The Town That Spent 25 Years Underwater

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This is Villa Epecuen, an old tourist town south of Buenos Aires that spent a quarter of a century underwater. Established in the 1920s on the banks of a salt lake, the town was home to over 5,000 residents and a holiday destination to thousands more vacationers from the Argentinian capital.

In 1985, a dam burst and buried the town in 33 feet of salt water, rendering it a modern-day Atlantis. Initially, people waited on their roofs, hoping for the water to recede. It didn’t, and within two days, the place was a devastated ghost town.

In 2009, the waters began to recede and what emerged resembles an apocalyptic world.

Evenly-spaced dead trees still line what used to be streets, rusty bed frames poke out from concrete rubble and sign posts point to nowhere.

Amazingly, one resident remained in this desolate place. Pablo Novak was the only person not to leave his hometown when the water swallowed it up in 1985. He lives in a stone hut with a fridge and a basic cooker. I guess there’s no place like home…

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Calling Dr. Mom…

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When it comes to my being sick when I was a kid…my mom always took very good care of me!  Even when she knew I was faking it!  Well…except for that one time…

But here is the thing about my Mom….she is smarter than any Doctor I have ever been to in my life.  I can call her and tell her my symptoms over the phone…and immediately she knows that all I have is a hangnail….or I stubbed my toe!

But recently…I have actually been really sick.  Flu kinda sick.  And you know…you never really know if you have the flu or if you have a really bad cold.  So…thanks to my Mom…and her ability to search the internet….I have more definite answers.  Here we go:

12 Signs Your Common Cold Could Be Something Way Worse

  1. It’s not the usual symptoms
  2. Your whole body aches
  3. Your throat is on fire
  4. Suddenly, one ear is in pain
  5. Your cold won’t go away
  6. Your cough can’t quit you
  7. You’re throwing up
  8. You have bloody diarrhea
  9. You’re wheezing and short of breath
  10. You always get sick right about now
  11. You’re having a heck of a time breathing
  12. The cough is deep in your chest
  13. Your colds are predictable

Now…I am just throwing this out here…but if one of your symptoms is that you can’t count…what does that mean???

Anyway….If a usual symptom is bloody diarrhea and you are breathing fire…..I am thinking a trip to an ER or Exorcist is needed.

If you are having a hard time breathing…make sure it’s just because your wife doesn’t have a pillow over your face.

But most of the other symptoms seem to fit…so….I am thinking I am sicker than normal. So…guess I should get off of here and take some meds…prescribed by Doctor Mom!

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