The Real Reason Taco Bell’s Founder Is Exactly Like Sheldon J. Plankton, And Other Unbelievable Fast Food Facts

The fast-food restaurants you know and love didn’t just spring into existence. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears (literally, in the case of KFC) went into making those franchises a success. The food service industry is full of crazy tales. Heck, they made a whole movie about how McDonald’s was created.

Keep reading for unbelievable facts that will leave you astounded and hungry at the same time. Find out why there are only four McDonald’s nugget shapes, and how Colonel Sanders managed to get himself into a gas station gunfight.

Taco Bell Was Taken To Court Over A Chihuahua

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The concept of the Taco Bell chihuahua was developed by Thomas Rinks and Joseph Shields. However, the fast food restaurant failed to pay the men for their hard work.

Rinks and Shields sued Taco Bell, and the restaurant was court ordered to pay them 42.1 million dollars. Taco-bout a ruff day in court!

The Founder Of Taco Bell Is Basically Plankton

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Taco Bell originally started out as a small hot dog stand in 1948. The founder of Taco Bell, Glen Bell, set up his hot dog stand right across the street from a Mexican restaurant.

He figured out their ‘secret formuler’ and reopened his food enterprise as Taco Bell.

Chik-Fil-A Uses Allergy-Safe Peanut Oil

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Chick-Fil-A decided to swap out oils that are full of trans fats for a healthy alternative— peanut oil. But what about people who are allergic to peanuts, you ask?

Those people are allergic to a specific protein in peanuts. Chick-Fil-A uses a complex purifying process to remove that protein from peanut oil, so it’s safe for everyone. Keep reading for another crispy Chick-Fil-A fact.

Ever Wonder Why Chick-Fil-A Employees Say “My Pleasure?”

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Chick-Fil-A employees are trained to say “my pleasure” instead of “you’re welcome” because it’s more personal.

“My pleasure” implies that the employees genuinely enjoy serving you. Customer service is huge for Chick-Fil-A, which has quickly become one of the most profitable fast food joints in America.

McDonald’s And Coca-Cola Have A Decades-Old Agreement

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Back in 1955, McDonald’s Founder Ray Kroc and a Coca-Cola executive named Wendy Pratt shook hands and decided that McDonald’s would only serve Coca-Cola beverages.

The two companies helped each other grow, and they both still honor this agreement. McDonald’s bundles Coke products into their combo meals and Coke helped Mcdonald’s develop their new line of smoothies.

There Are Exactly Four Nugget Shapes For A Reason

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McDonald’s purposefully created exactly four distinct nugget shapes: the bell, the boot, the bone, and the ball.

According to the company, “three would’ve been too few. Five would’ve been, like, wacky.” Also, “the reason why they are all a standard shape and size is to ensure consistent cooking times for food safety in all McDonald’s restaurants.” Read on to find out how KFC keeps their secret recipe so secret.

The Real Reason Disney Quietly Cut Ties With McDonald’s

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For ten years, it seemed like Disney and McDonald’s had a perfect partnership. Happy Meals came with little figurines of Nemo or Buzz Lightyear.

It was a partnership that helped both parties: kids bough happy meals because they wanted the Disney toys, and McDonald’s promoted upcoming Disney films. But there is a rising childhood obesity epidemic in America, and Disney wanted to keep its family-friendly image— so Disney decided to cut ties with the fast-food chain.

All Fast Food Chains Are Banned In Bermuda— Except One

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Under the Foreign Restaurants Act of 1977, most fast food chains are banned in Bermuda. However, there is a single KFC restaurant that managed to sneak past the rules.

The franchisee argued that since the restaurant opened there in 1970, the rule shouldn’t apply to them. Bermuda conceded, so now there is a single KFC on the island.

The Only Way To Keep The Secret Recipe A Secret

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There is a copy of the secret chicken recipe, signed by Sanders, inside a safe inside a vault in KFC’s Louisville headquarters. Half of the 11 spices are produced and mixed by Griffith Laboratories, who then give it to McCormick, another spice company. McCormick adds the second half.

Plankton won’t be getting his hands on this secret formuler any time soon.

Colonel Sanders Wasn’t Exactly A Jolly Man

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The real Colonel Sanders liked to make surprise visits to his restaurants. If he was dissatisfied with the food, he would throw it on the ground while cursing at the employees.

In 1975, Heublein Inc., the company that acquired KFC, unsuccessfully sued Sanders for libel after he publicly described their gravy as being “sludge” with a “wall-paper taste”.

…And He (Unsurprisingly) Got Into A Lot Of Fights

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Before establishing Kentucky Fried Chicken, Colonel Sanders had a job at a gas station attendant. At one point, he got into a gunfight with a rival gas station manager.

The other attendant, who worked at Shell, painted over Sanders’ sign, and Sanders threatened to “blow his goddamn head off.” A fight broke out. People died. Then Sanders made some fried chicken.

Jack Of All Trades (Sort Of)

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Colonel Sanders got fired from dozens of jobs before he finally opened KFC when he was 65 years old. If that gas station story is any indication of his character, I think we all know why he couldn’t hold a job for very long.

He even worked as a lawyer who got in trouble for assaulting his own client in court. Keep reading to find out the good and not so good things Wendy’s has done “for the sake of the children.”

Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty Is Not Fully Chocolate

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Wendy’s owner Dave Thomas thought that an entirely chocolate Frosty would be too overpowering a flavor when paired with their burgers and fries. The chocolate frosty is actually half chocolate and half vanilla.

Chocolate (or half chocolate, half vanilla) was the only Frosty flavor offered until 2006. Wendy’s finally introduced a vanilla Frosty after years of requests from customers.

Stay In School, Kids

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Dave Thomas founded Wendy’s and became successful after dropping out of high school at age 16. He opened the restaurant in 1969 when he was 37 years old, after spending some time in the fast food industry.

He though ending his schooling early was the worst decision of his life, so he finished his GED in 1993. He didn’t want kids to use him as an excuse to make the same mistake he did.

Wendy’s Stopped Advertising On Ellen After She Came Out

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Ellen Degeneres famously came out as gay on her sitcom in 1997. After the episode aired, right-wing groups encouraged sponsors of the show to pull their funding.

J.C. Penney and Chrysler decided not to buy ad time during the “coming out” episode. Wendy’s decided never to advertise on Ellen again at all.

A Footlong Sub Wasn’t Really 12 Inches

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Subway once had to settle a lawsuit with angry customers who proved (using a ruler) that their footlong sub was really only 11 inches.

The suit cost Subway over half a million dollars in legal fees. The plaintiffs earned close to $1,000 each. Subway has since changed the way they make sandwiches. Footlongs are now actually a foot long.

Chipotle Uses 97,000 Pounds Of Avocado Every Day

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Maybe the reason avocados are so expensive is because Chipotle is using them all up. If we all didn’t want extra guac on our burritos, there wouldn’t be an avocado shortage, and we would be able to afford gas.

It’s too good, though. Curse you, avocados! Why must you be so delicious?

Super-Secret Starbucks

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There is a Starbucks on CIA premises. That Starbucks is not allowed to take names for orders.

The location is one of America’s busiest Starbucks, which means that things can get confusing… but hey, at least nobody there is going to spell your name wrong.

All The Bad Stuff Is In The Mayo

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Ok, maybe not all of it, but 60% of the fat and 31% of the calories in Burger King’s chicken sandwich comes from the mayonnaise alone.

That doesn’t mean that when you order a sandwich without mayo, you’re ordering a healthy sandwich. It’s still fried chicken, but mayonnaise would make it a whole lot worse.

A Pizza Hut Hero

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During the Joplin, Missouri, tornado, a Pizza Hut manager saved a bunch of people by guiding them into the restaurant’s walk-in freezer.

He wrapped the bungee cord holding the freezer closed around his arm to keep it shut. Unfortunately, the door slipped. Winds sent the door and the Pizza Hut manager, Christopher Lucas, flying into the air. He didn’t survive the tornado, but he saved a lot of lives that day.