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The Truth About McHotDogs

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Fast food has its staples: hamburgers and cheeseburgers, french fries, soda, probably a chicken option such as nuggets or a grilled sandwich. More “exotic” items include onion rings, milkshakes, hash browns, [...]

4 Unappetizing Product Launch Disasters

Supermarket and fast food history is littered with perplexing products that seemingly never should have made it to the market in the first place. While everyone remembers New Coke and Crystal Pepsi as epic blunders, they’re not the only major missteps that otherwise successful food-and-drink companies have made. Let’s take a look at four other [...]

3 Foods With a Religious Connection

This short piece originally appeared as a sidebar in the mental_floss book ‘In the Beginning: A Mouthwatering Guide to the Origins of Everything.’ Pretzel Logic One widely accepted account says pretzels were developed in 610 C.E. by an Italian monk. He baked the confections for children as an incentive to memorize scripture. In fact, the shape of [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Defunct Advertising Characters

We all know that Mickey Mouse is the figurehead for the Disney company and Ronald McDonald is the recognized face of his namesake fast food chain. But it wasn’t always that way! Check out these 10 mascots that represented their companies before being replaced by the latest and greatest. 1. Alice, The Walt Disney Company. Before [...]