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I ran across an article a few days ago that I found sort of interesting. It turns out that someone decided to plot on a map of the United States every single McDonalds. Here's the result:

Pretty spiffy, eh? It gives me a sort of hands across America feel. Based on the information used to make the map, they were also able to figure out that there is nowhere in this country you can get more than a little over 100 miles from a McDonalds. Or as they put it:

The McDonald’s location map above shows that within the United States, McDonald’s really is everywhere, if one defines “everywhere” as “within 107 miles of anywhere” (or 145 miles by car).

While that's some pretty incredible saturation given how large this country is, it still leaves some pretty extensive dead areas out in the Mountain West. I can't even imagine needing to drive 145 miles to find a McDonalds. Living here in the middle of suburb NJ, I've always felt that if I can find it within 10 miles of where I live, it doesn't exist.

In case you were wondering, the subject line comes from an old McDonalds promotion from when I was a kid. It was a menu song of everything McDonalds served and I still remember how to promote the song they put a little tiny record in every single sunday paper. I know that most of you can't even imagine that because I find it hard to imagine it and I lived through it. By the time this came out I was 12-13 years old and I had never seen a functioning record player other than in music class in elementary school. I remember holding the little record in my hands and wondering what the heck to do with it.

Despite not having a record player, I still remember making an effort to memorize the song and to this day I can still get part way through it up to 'Big big breakfast' anyway. Thanks to youtube, that closet of discarded media clutter, it looks like someone found and uploaded a full copy of it complete with lyrics. It made me feel pretty nostalgic.


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Nov. 11th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
You know a while ago they even started putting McDonalds in India........It really is pretty much everywhere.
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
I worked in a Burger King for a few months when I was a kid in High School. I still remember an Indian family came up and wanted ordered a bunch of Whoppers without meat. I looked at them with a sort of daft look until one of the managers came to sort it out. Turns out you still pay full price even when it's just some lettuce, tomato and onions between two buns. Seems kinda stupid to me but there you have it.
Nov. 12th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I think India has the most vegetarians of any country in the world ~ for religious reasons obviously.

That is really funny though........I guess maybe they didn't understand what a burger was or maybe they just liked lettuce, tomato and onion burgers.

In the past few years they have started to make India more like other country's and have put in stuff like supermarkets, shopping malls and fast food places.
Sep. 26th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I remember this song
I was trying to teach it to my son when, duh, the idea flew into my funnel (man, my kid makes me watch too much Thomas the Tank Engine) to look up the song on the interwebs, and here it is. Thanks for the memories!
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