130 Minutes or it's Free
Dominos Pizza ended the "30 Minutes or it's Free" guarantee, in the 1980s, after a delivery driver killed a woman trying to meet the time constraint.
2. Dairy Queen doesn't serve ice cream. To be categorized as ice cream, the minimum butterfat content must be 10% and their product only has only 5% butterfat. Therefore, it is called "soft-serve."
3. The name “Häagen-Dazs” was completely made up by its Polish Jewish founders to sound Danish. The umlaut (¨) does not even exist in Danish and neither does the “zs” letter combination.
4. Whataburger in Texas and What-A-Burger in Virginia opened about the same time in 1950 but didn't know of each other's existence until 1970. They both sued the other, but the court ruled that customers were not likely to be confused about whether the burgers served came from Texas or Virginia.
5. In 1988, Denny's restaurants (which are open 24 hours, 365 days a year) decided to close for Christmas and give their employees a day off. The only problem they faced was that they had no locks on their doors, so they had to outfit 700 locations with new locks so that they would be able to close for the day.
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6McDonald's coffee stirrers
McDonald's did away with their spoon-shaped coffee stirrers because people were using them as cocaine spoons.
7. Taco Bell tried twice to enter the Mexican market and failed spectacularly both times as locals decried the food as inauthentic and a joke.
8. In 2013, Subway was sued for selling 11-inch Footlongs. In the settlement, they agreed to pay $525,000 in attorney fees and required their restaurants to now measure bread, so that Footlong and 6-inch sandwiches will indeed be at least 12 inches and 6 inches, respectively.
9. In 2017, a Carl's Jr. in Santa Rosa, California, which was untouched by the surrounding wildfires, suddenly caught fire when staff made 165 hamburgers for the first responders.
10. McDonald's once came up with bubblegum flavored broccoli, in an attempt to get kids to eat healthier. It was never introduced as children found the flavor confusing.
In 1984, Burger King ran an ad campaign with a character called “Mister Rodney” touting its superior cooking over McDonald’s. This character closely resembled Mister Rogers and the campaign stopped after Mister Rogers himself called Burger King’s vice president, who had the commercial taken off the air.
12. Taco Bell provides tortillas for NASA to use in lieu of bread, which can cause problems aboard International Space Station as bread crumbs can get caught in instruments. These Taco Bell tortillas are ideal due to their long shelf life.
13. Pizza Hut delivered to the International Space Station. In 2001, they paid Russia $1 million to transport the pizza into space.
14. Dominos Pizza awards all store managers who achieve $25,000 in sales a week for four consecutive weeks with a customized Rolex watch, in a contest called "The Rolex Challenge."
15. McDonald's sued Irish fast-food chain Supermac for trademark infringement but failed and ended up losing their Big Mac trademark as well because they were unable to prove that they had used the Big Mac trademark in the EU.
Panera Bread once tried to stop a Qdoba Mexican Grill from opening nearby by trying to argue that a ‘burrito is a sandwich’ and thus breaking the lease agreement restricting rent from another ‘sandwich shop.’
17. McDonald's was supposed to revamp the Golden Arches in 1960 but a psychologist argued to keep it because it resembled breasts, giving Freudian applications to the subconscious mind of the consumer.
18. In 2010, Taco Bell secretly reduced the sodium content of its food at 150 Dallas area restaurants by 23%. Without telling anyone, they replaced the salt with "other spices and other ingredients.” Two months later, they had received exactly zero complaints about the changes.
19. Pizza Hut once sued Papa Johns, claiming that the slogan "Better ingredients. Better Pizza." is false advertising.
20. Burger King Russia offered free Whoppers for life to any woman who got pregnant by a World Cup 2018 player. The company later apologized.
21Re-Freshed by KFC
In 2009, KFC made an offer to cities in the US to fix their potholes for free as long as they could add "Re-Freshed by KFC" on top of it.
22. The Jack in the Box mascot commercials were made to bring good PR to the company after they had one of the worst E. coli outbreaks in modern US history.
23. McDonald's in Sedona, Arizona is the only McDonald's with turquoise instead of golden arches because the government deemed the yellow ones to be contrasting too much with the surrounding area's scenic rock and opted for bluish-green arches instead.
24. Burger King offered a "Windows 7 Promotional Whopper" in 2009 in Japan for 777 Yen. It had 7 patties.
25. The "Waffle House Index" is used to informally assess the damage of a storm including 3 levels to code for the number of Waffle Houses still open in the damaged area due to the restaurant's reputation to stay open after disasters.