There are only a few places in the world where you can't spot the Golden Arches, or big yellow M, calling out to come in and feast yourself on hamburgers, french fries and gallons of soda. In 1948 the first McDonalds opened it's doors in San Bernardino, California. Founders are Maurice (Mac) and Richard (Dick) McDonald, who took over the restaurant from their father who started "McDonald's Bar-B-Q" years earlier. They soon realized that most of their profits came from selling hamburgers and after a brief period they closed down the Bar-B-Q and renamed the restaurant "McDonalds". They wanted their operation to be as efficient as possible, so they set up their kitchen as an assembly line and that turned out to be a huge success. In 1952 an architect redid the whole restaurant and created the Golden Arches, which gave McDonalds noticeability. They then didn't know it would become the most recognized symbol worldwide. Ray Kroc became the McDonald brother's business partner after he found out that the San Bernardino restaurant were using eight of the Multimixer milkshake machines his company made. He went down there to meet the brothers and was really amazed by the success they had. He advised the brothers to franchise their restaurant but the brothers were a bit sceptical. After Kroc promised to take on the most responsibility Maurice and Richard agreed. It then grew swiftly. In 1961 Kroc took over McDonalds for 2,7 million dollars and expanded his imperium quickly. At the end of the sixties a thousand McDonalds franchise restaurants were opened in the US. His first international enterprise opened in 1967 in British Colombia, followed by a Costa Rican location later that year. And the growth continued throughout the seventies. The Golden Arches popped up everywhere around the world. In 1992 they had restaurants on all six continents when the Moroccan franchise was opened. So are there only McDonalds lovers? No. There are a lot of haters too. Critics claimed that McDonalds food was really unhealthy and that the super size menu's had way to many calories in them. With obesity being a worldwide issue, a documentary was made showing that after eating McDonalds food for a month, three times a day, you could develop serious health conditions like high cholesterol, fat accumulation on your liver and mood swings. It took Morgan Spurlock, directer and star in the Supersize Me documentary, fourteen months to lose the weight he gained but McDonalds skipped the supersize menu's from that time on. Even today McDonalds is still growing strong. With 35,000 locations throughout the world and 1,800,000 employees it is the largest fastfood company in the world. If you want to know where in the world you can buy your Big Mac the cheapest, look at the Big Mac Index (yes, it exists) here! And if you want to see a one of a kind McStupid, watch this!