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While Taco Bell isn’t the #1 or #2 fast food restaurant chains in the world, it’s quickly growing in the ranks with its own cult following. Here are 12 fun facts you probably didn’t know about Taco Bell.
1. French Fries. Most Taco Bell locations overseas sell french fries along with tacos.
2. Salsa Bar. Taco Bell used to have a salsa bar at their locations, but they got rid of it during the 80s.
3. $2 Bills. Taco Bell petitioned the US Government to print $2 bills again to promote their then-new $2 Meal Deal (a burrito, chips and a drink).
4. Taco Bell Food Truck. Taco Bell has a food truck driving around the United States giving away free tacos.
5. Largest Customer Order Ever! In 2014, someone ordered 349 Beef Burrito Supremes, 201 Chicken Burrito Supremes, 101 Steak Burrito Supremes, and 1 Crunchy Taco.
6. Weight Loss. Someone ate Taco Bell as a way to lose weight and ended up losing 54 pounds.
7. Demolition Man. Taco Bell won the Fast Food Wars in the movie Demolition Man. It was changed from Taco Bell to Pizza Hut in International versions of the action film.
8. One Billion. Since 2012, Taco Bell has sold more than 1 billion Doritos Taco at the rate of about a million a day. The success of the Doritos Taco has single-handedly added about 30,000 jobs at Taco Bell.
9. MIR Space Station. When the MIR Space Station crash landed back on Earth in 2001, Taco Bell placed a large target in the middle of the ocean for the space station. If it landed on the target, Taco Bell would’ve given everyone in the United States a free taco. Needless to say, it didn’t happen.
10. 50 Cent. The rapper sued Taco Bell for using his name without permission in 2009. The fast food company joking asking him to change his name to “79 Cent,” “89 Cent,” or “99 Cent” in a national ad campaign. Taco Bell settled out of court and paid 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, $4 million.
11. Taco Tia. Founder Glen Bell first called his fast food restaurant Taco Tia, but then named it after himself, so it became Taco Bell.
12. No Taco Bell in Mexico. Believe it or not, but there are no Taco Bell restaurants in Mexico. Taco Bell did try to enter the Mexican market in 1996 and later in 2007, but both efforts failed. It seems that real Mexicans don’t like the Mexican food from Taco Bell. The last Taco Bell in Mexico closed in 2012.