No comment here… jus’ layin the groundworks for future pieces:
- Odds that an American eats at a Fast food restaurant on any given day: 1 in 4 (Source: U.S. News and World Report 1/22/01)
- Odds that an American Child eats at a McDonald’s in any given month: 9 in 10 (Source: U.S. News and World Report 1/22/01)
- Amount of money Americans Spent on Fast food in the year 2003: $119 Billion Dollars(Source: Research Alert)
- Rank of Ronald McDonald among Most Recognizable Public Figures for American Schoolchildren: Second (Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution 8/8/03)
For context on the 3rd figure, we Americans spend 1 billion dollars annually on gum, and 119 billion dollars is more than the amount of money spent annually on higher education, books, movies, magazines, newspapers, views and music.
Oh, and the most recognizable public figure for school children? That’d be Santa Claus.