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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Burger King’s Whopper

Reader's Digest Logo By Meghan Jones of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 10: By more than ten years, as a matter of fact! While McDonald's and Burger King have both been around since the 1950s, Mickey D's didn't introduce the Big Mac until 1968. The Whopper, meanwhile, debuted in 1957, when co-founder Jim McLamore noticed that a rival burger joint was having success with an extra-large burger. He chose the name 'Whopper' as one that would automatically conjure thoughts of something big.

It predates the Big Mac

By more than ten years, as a matter of fact! While McDonald's and Burger King have both been around since the 1950s, Mickey D's didn't introduce the Big Mac until 1968. The Whopper, meanwhile, debuted in 1957, when co-founder Jim McLamore noticed that a rival burger joint was having success with an extra-large burger. He chose the name 'Whopper' as one that would automatically conjure thoughts of something big.
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