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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Big Mac Museum

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Museums (ArtBase) - With more than 100 people lined up outside, last week a brand news museum opened in North Huntingdon, near Pittsburgh: the Mc Donald's Big Mac Museum. To celebrate the burger's anniversary, Big Mac 'inventor' Delligatti, 89, and his family opened this museum dedicated to McDonald's signature sandwich.

On show at the Big Mac Museum are "the world's largest Big Mac statue" (World's largest Big Mac: 14 feet by 12 feet ) and memorabilia and celebratory exhibits such as a worldwide Big Mac map, a chart of the foreign currency values found in the "Big Mac Index", the history of Big Mac advertising and wallpaper featuring the jingle "Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun..."

In celebration of the museum's opening, the restaurant is handing out one Big Mac sandwich every week for a year to the first 100 customers through the door on Wednesday.

The Big Mac was first introduced in 1967 by Jim Delligatti, a McDonald's franchise owner in Uniontown year later, it became a staple of McDonald's menus nationwide. The sandwich only cost 45 cents. Today, the Big Mac is sold in more than 100 countries around the world. McDonald's estimates 550 million Big Macs are sold each year in the U.S. alone. Do the math and that's about 17 per second. Weighing in at nearly a half-pound, with 540 calories and 29 grams of fat each, that's enough to make nutritionists cringe, but don't worry - they won't be the ones visiting the museum

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