Most fast-food joints are household names. Not only do we not give them a second thought, we can differentiate their tastes simply by saying their names. “Would you rather have a McDonald's burger, a Burger King burger, or Wendy's burger right at this very moment?” we ask, and you have an immediate preference. But aside from Burger King, none of those names are very intuitive. Their origin stories remain a mystery to most of us. 

It's not just the names, either: some of these places had some truly wild original menu items. Did you know Little Caesar's used to have hot dogs and fish? Oh, and not to spoil too much, but: Taco Bell is the funniest entry on this list.

Read on for the beginnings of 14 fast-food restaurants that might just inspire you to take a loan from your parents and start your own chain. Just like :

Dairy Queen 1940 DAIR4 DUEEA CRACKEDCO In 1938, to test a new soft serve technology, Sherb Noble of Sherb's ran a deal of all-you-can-eat ice cream for 10 cents. In 1940, Noble opened a Dairy Queen, that specialized in soft-serve.

Source: Noble Stores

Subway 1965 *Petes SUBWAY R MIOE Fred DeLuca was 17-years-old when his family friend Dr. Peter Buck gave him a $1000 loan to open a sandwich shop to help fund his college. It was originally called Pete's Submarines.

Source: Entrepreneur

White Castle 1921 Castle 5 hite Castle 5 eler Established i HAMBURGERS in 921 Buy em by the Sack CASTL White Castle was the first American fast-food chain. Hamburgers were 5 cents and quickly served to exact specifications, which would later be copied by other chains.

Source: Mashed

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