Fast Food Trivia: Why Does Wendy’s have Square Burgers?

I used to love going to Wendy’s in high school and asking the manager “Excuse me sir, why are your hamburgers square?”. He would respond “because we don’t cut corners”. I thought it was an acceptable answer…even though clearly corners are cut to make a square burger. Have you ever wondered who that red head is? What’s the story with Dave Thomas? If you have, you’re in the right place.

1.Who started Wendy’s?

A man named Dave Thomas started Wendy’s in 1969 in Columbus Ohio. You probably recognize him from the commercials

2. Who is that red headed girl? Is that Wendy?

Actually that is Melinda Lou who was Dave’s 8 year old daughter at the time. Her nickname was “Wenda” when she was younger because she couldn’t pronounce her own name. What did she look like?

Here is what she looks like now

3. Why are Wendy’s hamburgers square?

It isn’t because they don’t cut corners. In an interview with Dave Thomas from 2001 he said the reason his burgers are square is because of fond memories of a burger restaurant from his childhood. It was called Kewpee Burger and it was located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They served square patties.

4. What is a frosty? Isn’t it just a chocolate milk shake?

The frosty was an original menu item at Wendy’s and cost .35 cents. It’s actually a mix between chocolate and vanilla because 100% chocolate was too strong.

5. Does Wendy’s all it’s original menu items?

Everything except for the sugar cream pie.

6.Did Wendy’s always have a chicken sandwich on their menu?

They introduced the original chicken sandwich in 1980 and the spicy chicken sandwich was initially a limited time offer but was so popular it stayed on the menu full time in 1996.

7. Has Wendy’s always offered a value menu?

Wendy’s offered the first ever single price point value menu in 1988. Everything on the value menu was offered at .99 cents.

8. Who is that annoying where’s the beef lady?

That would be Clara Peller. She was a retired manicurist who was 81 years old at the time she was asked to do the campaign.

9. What is the most awesome menu item?

Wendy’s is probably the only burger chain to serve baked potatoes and chili. The winner of best menu item however goes to the baconator double

10. How popular is Wendy’s?

It’s the third biggest hamburger chain with 6,650 locations worldwide. They trail only Mcdonald’s who has 31,000 locations and Burger King who has 12,000 locations.

Fatty Lane Guide: Dominate Thanksgiving Trivia

When your Thanksgiving guests/family/enemies try to be the life of the party by telling everyone how healthy they are eating only white meat and not gaining weight, you need to be ready with a comeback to put them in their place. Here’s a list of some lame phrases “healthy” people like to say on Thanksgiving and how to one-up them in front of everyone with awesome trivia…because everyone knows that’s what family gatherings and holidays are REALLY about.

The Overall Meal

They Say: “the average American gains 5 pounds over the holidays.”

You say: “Well the average American consumes 2,000-4,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Have fun being less than average when I’m achieving Greatness.”

Turkey

They Say: “You know the white meat has the least amount of fat and is the healthiest for you, I choose to eat that.”

You say: “Did you know the fattest turkey ever was 86 pounds? That’s the size of a large dog. And turkeys have poor night vision.”

Mashed Potatoes

They say: “You know those potatoes will be much healthier without heavy cream”

You say:”You know there are about 100 varieties of edible potatoes. Pass the cream…and the gravy.”

Pie

They say: “If you use a natural walnut crust, It’s way healthier.”

You say: “The Biggest Pumpkin Pie ever was 2020 Pounds. Pass the whipped cream.”

Cranberries

They say: “Cranberries are full of antioxidants, I’ll take extra!”

You say: “Native Americans pounded cranberries into a paste mixed with dried meat and called it pemmican…and it wasn’t white meat.”

Stuffing

They say ” Are those multi-grain bread crumbs?”

You say: “Did you know that stuffing dates back to the Roman Empire, where the ancient cookbook “Apicius de re Coquinaria” had recipes that called for stuffed chicken, rabbit and pork.”

Gravy

They Say: “I’ll pass on the gravy, it’s not good for you.”

You Say: “You are an idiot.”