Food: we want it, and we want it fast. And if we're being honest? We don't care if it's high in sodium or fat or cholesterol. We don't even care what our bathroom trips are going to be like a few hours from now. We love fast food. We want our burgers, our fries, our Tacos Bell, and maybe some apple pies. Oh, and if the ice cream machine is working? Hit. Us. Up. 

When you think about it, it's kind of a miracle, the way humans have developed a system to serve food that is reasonably consumable within minutes of it being ordered. For most of human history, we had to wait for our meals. No longer! On top of that mind-bending thought, the fast food world is surprisingly exciting and full of surprises. For example, you probably didn't know cocaine consumption made McDonald's change its spoon design. More on that and 37 other facts about the fast food industry:

The Gold 'n' Grill just slapped a pineapple slice on a burg. $1.10 CRACKED.COM McDonald's big idea in 1984 was to huck a slab of pineapple on top of a regular cheeseburger, presumably to tear this great nation apart at the seams Hawaiian pizza had exposed.


The first McDonald's drive-thru opened next to a military base in Arizona. 5 McDonald's SERVICE SYSTEM HAMBURGERS McDonald's The have Sold OVER 1 MILLION Soldiers at the base couldn't show up in public in a work or duty uniform, so a drive-thru was set up to allow them to buy at McDonald's anyway. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


The largest McDonald's restaurant isn't in the U.S. .- it's actually in Moscow. M The restaurant, on Pushkin Square, opened in 1990 after 14 years of negotiations, and seated 700 people (and they queued for hours to get in). NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


The McSpaghetti is exactly what's on the tin. CRACKED.COM Ordering a Chicken McDo with McSpaghetti was a needlessly long way of ordering a chicken leg and some spaghetti -- but a really quick way to get heartburn.


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