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Where are the Golden Arches? Unusual McDonalds Stores

Updated on August 14, 2013
The famous turquoise arches!
The famous turquoise arches! | Source

We pulled in to the "Golden Arches" in Sedona, Arizona, only to find that the arches were turquoise and not the infamous bright yellow. At the drive through, we were told that it was due to a city ordinance. We decided to Google it and get the whole scoop. We found out that the government officials of Sedona felt that the original colors clashed with the red rock and asked McDonalds to choose a color that blended better. We also found out that, while there may be a McDonalds on every corner, there are so many interesting and unusual McDonalds. Read on to see some more!

More Notable McDonalds Arches

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The arches in the Champs-Elysee are white.
The arches in the Champs-Elysee are white. | Source
We can't forget to include the neon arches in New York Times Square.
We can't forget to include the neon arches in New York Times Square. | Source

Interesting Facts about McDonalds

There are over 33,000 McDonalds worldwide.

There are approximately 14, 000 McDonalds in the US.

You can find a McDonalds in 118 different countries.

Each country has a unique menu item.

McDonalds is the largest toy distributor in the world!

McDonalds sells more than 75 hamburgers every second!

There is a McDonalds location in the Pentagon.

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How fun would this be?! | Source

The Largest MacDonald's Restaurant

A Floating McDonalds?

Did you know that there was a floating McDonalds? There were in fact, two. One was in British Columbia and the other one in St. Louis, Mo. They are, unfortunately, both closed now.

While this one doesn't float, the MacDonalds in Vinita, Ok is the largest and goes over the highway.

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Quarter Pounders.

Japan is changing the look and taste of MacDonalds as they target an entirely different clientele. They are offering up Quarter Pounder Jewelry. These are a twist on the usual burgers with added ingredients and names like: Gold Ring, Black Diamond and Ruby Spark. They are catering to businessmen and have one restaurant called Quarter Pounder. The only thing on the menu is quarter pounderrs and they are about $10 each!

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The First McDonald's Restaurant.Rock and Roll McDonalds by day.Rock and Roll McDonalds at night!
The First McDonald's Restaurant.
The First McDonald's Restaurant. | Source
Rock and Roll McDonalds by day.
Rock and Roll McDonalds by day. | Source
Rock and Roll McDonalds at night!
Rock and Roll McDonalds at night! | Source

One great town, two great McDonald's

Illinois can lay claim to two very special McDonald's stores, The first McDonald's ever opened up in DesPlaines in 1955. It is now a memorabilia filled museum. If visiting this museum gets you hungry for a burger, there is a McDonald's right across the street! In downtown Chicago, you can find the famous Rock and Roll McDonald's. It offers up some of the most beautiful views of the city as well as fun, lively entertainment and typical McDonald's fare! These are two great stops for McDonald's lovers!

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The McDonalds in Roswell, New Mexico.
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A UFO Sighting in Roswell, New Mexico?

No, it's just another McDonalds! But not just any McDonalds. The billboard sign on the highway touts it as the the "unofficial crash site" It is shaped like a UFO on the outside and boasts a full color mural that covers most of the interior walls. There is a Ronald McDonald Astronaut "floating" from the ceiling and little green men on the windows! It is a fun and appropriate theme for those visiting Roswell!

Ski-through McDonalds

Sweden can lay claim to the first "Ski-through" McDonalds, aptly named McSki. It is located in Lindvallen resort in Stockholm. Skiiers can ski up to the counter, order their food and ski off. There is also a full size restaurant for those that want to rest their skis!

Whether your local McDonalds has real dishes or a grand piano right in the middle of the restaurant, you can still be sure to find the typical "golden arches", not too far away!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Lee! That must have been an eerie experience. We become so used to the familiar colors, sights and sounds, it is pretty strange to find it in the unfamiliar. Your comments and vote are much appreciated.

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      A really interesting fun hub, I once found myself hungry and wondering the streets of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the streets were deserted, no traffic, no people, nothing, nothing was open, then out of the corner of my eye I spotted a red sticker that was no bigger than a beer mat with a golden M on a window in an old plain grey Soviet style office block, I walked in and there was nothing, i walked down some stairs and there it was a McDonalds, it was like finding an oasis in the desert, voted up, Lee

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Brianne! I thought it was cool, too. This whole hub started when we were looking up info on the green arches!

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      Breanne Ginsburg 2 years ago

      btrbell,

      This article is really interesting and well written! I knew there were different McDonalds in different countries and that they sold different items but I had no idea that there were some of the ones like you mentioned! I think it's so cool that there were once two floating ones and that there's one in the Pentagon. I also think it's cool that there's one that's a museum! Great article!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Shasta! Much appreciated!

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      While branding is important, I am glad they are able to do something different - the Rosewell and the Rock and Roll ones show great creativity. Here, we do have some that made some slight modifications to fit the building codes. Fun post!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, FlourishAnyway! It was fun to write and I agree with you, that it is sometimes the only place to eat when traveling!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Entertaining hub that most of us can relate to! I found the McSki especially interesting. Thanks for featuring these. When I travel I enjoy going to the local Mickey D's (sometimes because that's the only food I can appreciate). I also like seeing how they've adapted the menu.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Erica! It was fun to write! I agree with you, the food isn't what it is about! I remember when my kids were little in Israel. The happy meals were about $6. We would go about once a month and my husband and I would eat somewhere else because that was like spending $20 a meal for them!

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      SaffronBlossom 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This hub is so fun! I really enjoyed it...I actually make it a point to eat at a McDonald's in every country I visit to try the different menu item. :) My husband and I also ate at the first one to open "behind the iron curtain" in Eastern Europe...the food is not amazing (well except for the fries) but it definitely is fun to see them around the world!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Patty! That sounds like an interesting McDonalds! like you, I wish I had taken pictures of all the interesting plces I've been! I do remember being able to get both Coke and Pepsi in the same restaurant, back in the day!

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      The only other unique McDonald's I've seen is one in Meridian, Mississippi that is no longer in business - or at least I couldn't find it again a couple years ago.

      It was owned by a franchisee who put a small McDonald's themed swimming pool and a lifeguard out front instead of the playhouse that many have. Inside, you could go through either of two lines and pick up the food like a cafeteria; and because contract law is different there, you could get all th eCoke and all the Pepsi products in the same restaurant at a very long dispenser island. The tables were all surrounded by museum display cases with antique toys and other collectibles in them.

      Of course, I had no camera with me when I visited!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I know, right?!? Pretty crazy! And there were many more interesting ones. too! Thank you so much, lyricwriter! Your support is much appreciated!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared. I've seen it all now! A floating McDonalds and one with a Roswell theme, I never would have imagined this. Blows my mind, have to give credit to their marketing team for sure. Brilliant.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Welcome to my hub, Rosemay! Thank you for the comment! I'll have to check out the Manila one! It was pretty crazy reading about some of these!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A fun hub with interesting fact. Would love to try the ski-through. There is one in Manila and they have 'McSpaghetti' on the menu, noodles and hotdogs.

      Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the read

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Patti, welcome to my page! Thank you for sharing even more interesting McDonalds examples. I would love to have seen the boat-thru window! It's funny, when we found the green arches, we immediately "googled" it and read something about there being only 10 that broke regulation. I'd say it's more likely that there are 10 in each state!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Audrey, I applaud you! Somehow, I end up at one of these places more than I should. The perils of having your young adult, college age kids at home! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Ohio had a floating McDonald's on the Cincinnati River for a very short time in the 1970s. It was so short a time that the unit never made it to TV news. We managers were to visit, but Poof! It was gone.

      Sadly, the upscale seafood restaurant on the river for decades also closed - the river seemed to stop bringing in business to these floating restaurants altogether.

      Somewhere in Florida, there was also a McDonald's that extended into the bay, with a boat-thru window!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Interesting! Although I have to confess that I have not been inside one of these in a long time!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! It was a fun one to do! Have a great day!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant read Randi; shared and voted up.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Faith! It is so interesting to me to hear about you having no McDonalds in your town when I can't even count how many we have here, along with all the others....Burger King, wendys Jack in the Box, Carl's Jr and on and on. It is a fast food mecca here in Az!

      Thank you so much for the votes and share!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      What an interesting and fun read here, Randi!

      I cannot imagine no more "Golden Arches" as they have just always been since the beginning, but times are a changing!!! Wow, you have included some really interesting looking McDonald's of this day here in your photos.

      We now live in a small town, so no McDonalds, but we have Dairy Delight, which has great burgers and all, much better than McDonalds for sure. I still see the "Golden Arches" of course in the city in which I work.

      Voted up ++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah, Patricia! Good for you! No McDonald's in 5 years! I'm impressed!

      Even though there were more places to go in my neighborhood, like you, we also went very rarely to ny fast food restaurant.

      Thank you for your interesting comment! And For the angels you so generously send!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      drbj, I'm not so sure your burger education really needed enlarging but it was a fun search, either way! Thank you! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, carter! Isn't that the truth. We were on our way back to the hotel and decided to stop for a drink. At night, the turquoise really stands out!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a fun walk down memory lane. I lived in a very rural section of VA (you may have read my articles about VA) and we had no fast food places of note. We did have a tiny Dairy Queen and the burgers were yummy and the shakes yummier.

      But I had a friend who asked me to go on trips with here to Richmond which was 75 miles from our town. On one of the trips we stopped at McDonald's. I was probably no more than 10 then...I am not positive of the exact year. But we got burgers and fries and shakes for almost nothing!!! What fun that was.

      Thanks for Mickey Dees with us ...I have not been to one in probably five years. Now I would like some of their fries ....

      Have a lovely afternoon Angels are on the way ps

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I knew there were many McDonalds, Randi, but 33,000 worldwide? Thanks for all this interesting info - you enlarged my burger education substantially, m'dear.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you deb and welcome to my hub page! Much appreciated! I look forward to checking yours out!

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      Deb Welch 4 years ago

      What would be the recipe for a UFO Burger in NM? Awesome, Interesting, Useful and UP. Really enjoyed this Hub Article.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mary! Much appreciated!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What a great, fun hub btrb...all of us know Mickey D's and many of us love it. How interesting to see how the world treats it and changes it. Whether they are there or not Mickey D's will always be known for it's golden arches!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carter! Isn't that the truth? I appreciate the votes!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Frank, first of all, good for you! McDonald's had become way too bad of a habit in my house. Thank you for your kind comments!

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      Carter06 4 years ago

      Interesting info about Macca's btrbell.. never no what you'll find when u go looking, right?

      Voted U & I.. Cheers

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      very interesting hub.. yeah actually clever too... I haven't had MCDonalds in over fifteen years.. and I don't miss it.. but Im glad I didn't miss this hub

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well that's the bad of living long enough: the wisdom to know what we missed! I will look it up! Thanks, Jaye!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      By the way, you can Google "madisonthecity" and see photos of commercial buildings there, including a pharmacy and gas station that look out of the ordinary for those types of businesses. There's not a photo of McDonalds, though.

      Believe me, I'm not knocking Madison, just chuckling a bit about the mayor's architectural obsession. I wish I'd bought a house in Madison instead of Jackson--it would be worth a lot more now! If I'd had a crystal ball and realized at the time that I'd have to retire early, that's where I'd be living.

      Jaye

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Love that review! It made my day, too....Jaye

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle! I am almost ashamed to admit that I had no idea what my kids were talking about when they questioned those arches! But after I absorbed it, rhen googled it, I really enjoyed finding more! Honestly, there are so many more to see and look at! It was fun!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Lastheart, welcome! I know what you mean. I live in a fairly large city but the ratio of McDonalds is crazy! It is very interesting how no matter how strong the health food craze gets, we still gtravitate to what's fast and cheap! Thank you for your comments!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! Much appreciated!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Suzie! Of all of those you mentioned, I have only been to the Rock and Roll one as I grew up near there but I would have loved to check them all out!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      No apologies necessary, Jaye! I enjoyed your story. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I decided to google the McDonalds. The first thing I found was a review that said, "Don't come here. They have sucky service." I'm not going to lie, it kind of mad my day!!! Thank you for the votes and smiles!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Interesting, Randi!

      I am almost surprised that McDonald is open enough to bend the rules about the colours of the "golden arch" to become "turquoise arch" in Sedona.... but I can see that turquoise fits better with the surroundings!

      I think that your second picture must be in Canada. I think that I can see a little maple leaf in the middle of the arch..... and it's in French!

      A floating McDonald seems quite interesting too!

      The design in Roswell is also fitting with the place!

      I like the idea of the Ski-through ... very interesting.

      Thank you for sharing this very original hub, Randi :-)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borik√©n the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks for this information. Here in this little island measuring approximately 112 x 40 miles, has more than three McDonald in each of its 75 towns. I wonder how is it possible that this fast food "restaurant" has grown so much, with their bad food quality, even though it has been exposed.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey Chris! Nice to see you! You can send them that suggestion! They may, actually have a different menu. The place is very different inside, too, but I wasn't able to find images that were ok to use!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Me, too, Susasn! They look like fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So interesting and well done. Now I have something new to tell everyone! lol Up and sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      would love to try the ski through in Sweden! How funky! I have been to a few seriously expensive ones in Turkey at airports and in South of Italy I was told they closed due to lack of business, the Italians not keen on the fast food outlet. Thanks for a great topic choice! Rock and Roll McDonalds appeals too as would the ones closed on the water! So different!

      Voted up, interesting, shared!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Warning: This comment is going to seem, at first anyway, completely off-track from the topic of unusual McDonalds restaurants. Please bear with me. (I can't resist telling this.)

      The small city of Madison, Mississippi (a suburb of Jackson, where I live) has been "ruled"...no, better make that "guided", by "Mayor Mary", Mary Hawkins Butler for eight consecutive terms. She's the longest-serving mayor in the USA and has played a major role in making Madison a "city by design."

      Building codes--both commercial and residential--are extremely strict in Madison. Commercial buildings must conform to very specific exterior rules. Most are brick and stucco with an established range of traditional architectural designs.

      Madison may be the only city anywhere that could not have a cell phone tower placed in the early '90s until a structure was designed that would completely hide the tower and its mundane purpose. The workings of the tower are completely covered by what looks a great deal like a smaller version of the Washington Monument!

      McDonalds, Wendys, and even WalMart had to toe the line regarding the building of their structures, and they all look quite different (and probably cost a great deal more to build) than their average counterparts across the country.

      I may sound as though I'm laughing at Madison's (or, Mayor Mary's) building rules, but the city is laid out in a pleasing fashion. Even though all the commercial buildings look very nice architecturally when viewed separately, taken together they have so many similarities in color, materials and design that--in my opinion--the result is somewhat cookie-cutter in nature. I'm sure that's not what the mayor intended.

      Of course, my opinion is in a very small minority. There are some Madison residents, however, who (even if they vote for her over and over again) have an occasional laugh at Mayor Mary's expense. She does seem to have a slight case of OCD.

      She, on the other hand, can point to the numerous state and national awards and other honors bestowed on Madison under her watch, as well as her continued election, term after four-year term. I have no doubt she will continue to, er, guide the city of Madison, MS for many years to come.

      If you visit Madison, MS, you may not recognize the McDonalds restaurant at first glance. It does look different!

      Interesting hub about unusual McDonalds edifices. I enjoyed the photos and narrative. Sorry I hijacked your comments section, Randi. I really could not resist.

      Voted Up+

      Jaye

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randi, I enjoyed this fun hub. Roswell could put a UFO burger on its menu. Unidentified FOod burger.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish those floating McDonalds were still around. That would be fun to see.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lol, Bill! I'll have to find that one! Thank you! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..I'm laughing about the ski-through McDonalds. I've got one better...there is one in the middle of the Gettysburg Battlefield...I kid you not.

      Fun article Randi!