8/16/2016 – McDonald’s


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

I’m back from my NYC trip, so it’s time to get back to the food trivia. And, with the Olympics still in full swing, let’s ask about one of the top brands in the world, Mickie Dee’s. Enjoy!

1. Name the gentleman seen here. He’ll be played by Michael Keaton this year in the upcoming film, “The Founder”, also starring Laura Dern and Nick Offerman.

Question 1

2. What name was given to the first mascot of the franchise, seen here on a sign at the Downey, CA location, which is the oldest operating McDonald’s, built in 1953? The mascot would be replaced by the company’s most well known mascot.

Question 2

3. Officially, all Chicken McNuggets come in four shapes. The names of those four shapes all begin with which letter of the alphabet?

Question 3

4. Stella Liebeck, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 91, has what cultural tie to the history of McDonald’s?

5. The patent application diagram seen here shows the packaging that was used for what former Big N’ Tasty variant, whose commercials stated that it’ll “keep the hot side hot, and the cool side cool”?

Question 5

6. Ronald McDonald is obviously the most famous mascot for the restaurant chain. Name the actor who plays him here, the first actor to play Ronald, starting in 1963. You probably better know him as a correspondent for the Today Show, where he retired in December 2015.

Question 6

7. The Filet-O-Fish is made from the Alaskan version of what fish, which is also the main fish used in Arby’s Classic Fish sandwich and Long John Silver’s Baja Fish Taco?

Question 7

8. The world’s largest McDonald’s is purported to be a nearly 30,000 sq. ft. bridge restaurants on a service plaza on the Will Rogers Turnpike, found in which state?

Question 8

9. Besides a griddle-fried egg, what else would you find on an Egg McMuffin sandwich?

10. And ending on the Olympics, during which Olympic year did McDonald’s famously have the “If the U.S. wins, you win!” campaign where customers received free foods (especially fries and Big Macs) for each gold Team USA won? A New York Times article that same year calculated the amount of free food that was given out was “north of mindboggling”, and the incident was parodied in the Simpsons episode “Lisa’s First Word”.

I really enjoyed today’s quiz, so I hope I get to do a sequel sometime.

Tomorrow: We go from McDonald’s to MacDonald with a World Wednesday about Scottish food.


1. Ray Kroc
2. Speedee
3. B (the four here are boot, bone, bell, and ball)
4. She spilled coffee on her lap, leading to the most famous frivolous corporate lawsuit
5. McDLT
6. Willard Scott
7. Pollock
8. Oklahoma
9. Canadian bacon and a slice of cheese
10. 1984 Los Angeles

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