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Burger King is the second biggest fast food restaurant in the world behind McDonald’s. While Burger King might be #2, it’s #1 in the hearts of many. Here are 12 fun facts you didn’t know about Burger King.
1. Pillsbury Company. At one time, the Pillsbury Company once owned Burger King when the fast food company was struggling in the 1960s.
2. Hungry Jack’s. When Burger King wanted to expand to Australia, there was already a Burger King trademarked in the country. So the franchise owner picked the name Hungry Jack’s for the name of the fast food restaurant. The menus are exactly identical, while the names are completely different.
3. Robert Downey, Jr. In 2003, the actor was so addicted to drugs like heroin that when he ordered a burger from Burger King it tasted disgusting to him. He cites this as the moment he decided to get clean. “It was such a disgusting burger I ordered,” RDJ said. “I had that, and this big soda, and I thought something really bad was going to happen.” Five years later in 2008, he landed the role of Tony Stark in Marvel’s Iron Man.
4. Insta-Burger King. Its original name was Insta-Burger King after the “Insta-Broiler” its founder bought to start the business. The “Insta” was dropped in 1959 when the fast food restaurant expanded.
5. Secret Menu. Burger King has a secret menu that features something called the “Suicide Burger,” which features four patties, four slices of cheese, a ton of bacon and “special sauce.” It also has almost 1000 calories and 2500 mgs of sodium.
6. Delivery. Burger King offers online ordering and delivery for select locations in 14 states. Check out the full list here.
7. The Other Burger King. There’s another fast food restaurant called Burger King in Mattoon, Illinois that has nothing to do with the major fast food company. The small restaurant trademarked the name in Illinois in the 1960.
8. Sarah Michelle Gellar. A very young Sarah Michelle Gellar appeared in Burger King’s ad campaign during the early 80s when they started the “Burger Wars” with McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
9. McDonald’s. The fast food restaurant was founded when Keith J. Kramer and Matthew Burns visited the first McDonald’s in San Bernardino, California. The pair opened the first Burger King (then-called Insta-Burger King) in Jacksonville, Florida in 1953.
10. US Marines. Burger King serves fast food and a taste of home to soldiers overseas in Iraq and other foreign countries. Pizza Hut and Subway are other fast food restaurants that serve our troops.
11. Free For Celebrities. Burger King gives a special Burger King Crown Card to celebrities for free fast food. Robert Downey, Jr., George Lucas, Jay Leno, Jennifer Hudson, and Hugh Laurie are among some of the celebrities who have the card.
12. Cologne. It was a novelty scent that Burger King offers during the holiday seasons. It retails for $3.99 and has “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.”