If you can say: “TWOALLBEEF-PATTIESSPECIALSAUCELETTUCE
CHEESEPICKLESONIONSONASESAMESEEDBUN,” you're old enough to remember McDonald's popular 1974 jingle and to have had a few “Big Mac Attacks.” The Big Mac is turning 40 next year, so in honor of its impending birthday, we want to quickly serve up some Big Mac Facts:
- Jim “MJ” Delligatti, 89, one of Ray Kroc's earliest franchisees, invented the Big Mac in his Uniontown, Pennsylvania, restaurant and debuted it for 45 cents in 1967. The double-decker quickly gained popularity and was introduced nationally in 1968.
- Because of the Big Mac's global presence (it's sold in more than 100 countries), it inspired The Economist Magazine's “Big Mac Index,” an annual comparison of foreign currency values against the U.S. dollar.
- Today, approximately 550 million Big Macs are sold each year in America alone.
- The sandwich inspired McDonald's to turn to other franchisees for menu-innovation: Herb Peterson created an egg-cheese-and-bacon sandwich called the Egg McMuffin and Lou Groen came up with the Filet-O-Fish.