|1st Mascots: Early Bird and Nite Owl|
But the 7-11 changes didn't stop there. In 1962, the 7-11 chain became the 1st such stores to stay open for 24 hours. Then, in 1975, the chain introduced what is still today one of its signature items, the slushy ice drink known as the Slurpee.
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|The history of cup lids|
While fast food restaurants had appeared as early as the 1920's, drive-thru dining really came of age in the 1950's in car-crazy California. That passion for mobile eating quickly led to such chains as the In-and-Out Burger and Jack-in-the-Box, which started in 1948 and 1951 respectively. The concept of ordering meals at a 2-way speaker 1st used at the Jack-in-the-Box was so new at the time that customers had to be warned that a disembodied voice (often so garbled as to be virtually unintelligible) would be speaking to them.
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Today, food on the go operations bring in $110 billion dollars a year in the United States alone. An April 2013 study showed that there are 160,000 fast food eateries serving 50 million Americans daily. That same study shows that 72% of all Americans eat at a fast food establishment at least once a week. Now that's a whole lot of tote 'em.
Tales, Tidbits, and Tips
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