Here are today’s five thing to know about double cheeseburgers:
- The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
- The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
- The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
- However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
- Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.
Today’s Food History
- 1885 Jumbo, an African elephant exhibited by in France, the London Zoo, and finally in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, died after being hit by a locomotive in Ontario, Canada. Jumbo was supposedly 12 feet tall at the time of his death.
- 1898 William S. Burroughs died. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured the first adding machine with a printer.
- 1962 The Four Seasons ‘Sherry’ hits number 1 on the charts.
- 1965 Green Acres TV show debuted.
- 1971 Greenpeace founded.
- 1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.
- 1995 Tan M&Ms are replaced by the new blue M&Ms. The tan ones originally replaced violet M&Ms in 1949.