10 Things you never knew about McDonald’s that might really surprise you

Oct 21, 2014 at 5:39 p.m. ET
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It's easy to underestimate the world's most profitable fast food chain — until you see this infographic.

Put together by CompareCamp.com, it shows just how far reaching the company's influence is, both globally and here in the U.S. It turns out there's a lot I didn't know about Micky D's (beyond the contents of their Dollar Menu), and these 10 facts might surprise you too.

1. McDonald's is the biggest toy distributor in the world

Move over, Santa! Our jolly friend up north may pack on some of his Christmas pounds by flying his sleigh through late night drive-throughs, but it turns out McDonald's is his biggest competitor. Every year, the chain hands out 1.5 billion toys.

2. But Happy Meal toys were almost banned

The city of San Francisco tried to ban Happy Meals unless they met certain nutritional standards. But Mickey D's found a loophole — they just started charging 10 cents for Happy Meal toys, thus rendering the ban null.

3. It's Coca Cola's biggest customer

In 1955, a curious Coke exec went to meet the owner of McDonand's at a restaurant in Illinois. The rest was history, and today McDonald's is Coke's only customer with its own division.

4. It isn't the biggest fast food chain in the world (just the most profitable)

That title goes to Subway, which has almost 6,000 restaurants more than the Golden Arches. Nevertheless, McDonald's still needs to kill a million cows each year to keep up with the demand for their burgers, which clocks in at around 75 burgers per second.

5. The Golden Arches aren't always gold

The Champs-Elysees in Paris is the only place in the world where the arches are white, which allows them to blend in with the street lights. Très chic!

6. More people recognize the arches than the cross

One survey cited in the book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal found that more people recognize the iconic golden arches than they do the Christian cross.

7. They have the biggest yearly ad spending of any restaurant in the country

They spent $988 million on advertising in the U.S. in 2013 — more than the presidential campaign spending of Obama and Romney combined.

8. They employ more people than live in the city of Philadelphia

If everyone in Philly (1.5 million people) worked at McDonald's, they'd still need to hire 300,000 additional staff.

9. But their employee compensation is controversial

It would take four months of work for an average McDonald's employee to make as much as a CEO does in just one hour.

10. The original Ronald McDonald was fired for being too fat

Ironic, considering that some meals at McDonald's can easily exceed the average person's caloric needs for the entire day, and that some people blame the chain for contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic.

So, what do you think? After seeing the infographic, are you still "lovin' it"?

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