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You're Never More Than 115 Miles From McDonald's 55

Posted by samzenpus
from the 2-hours-until-delicious dept.
There is some bad news for McNugget lovers. Thanks to a store closure in northeastern California, you can now be as far 115 miles from a McDonald's in the contiguous United States. The new "McFarthest" spot is in northwest Nevada, replacing the previous in South Dakota by eight heart-pounding, artery-clogged miles.

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You're Never More Than 115 Miles From McDonald's

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  • by vlm (69642)

    The ISS orbits around 190 nm aka 220 or so statute (regular) miles. So, if you're willing to count the ISS while its over the lower 48, I think it has this record beat even if it passes directly over my local McD.

    • Not exactly the contiguous US, is it?
      • Maybe not, but the space station is awesome and should be mentioned as much as possible. I wish that we would have just kept launching Saturn Vs into orbit and deep space instead of retiring them. Imagine the space station we could have if each module was the size of SkyLab!
    • by Yvan256 (722131)

      190 nanometers = 0.00019 millimeters.

      • by Ohrion (814105)
        nautical miles maybe?
      • Only if you are un-American/pro-MKS ;-). For me it means Nautical Mile (equivalent to 2000 yards) but I'm qualified as helmsman, quartermaster, and navigator of the watch including under-way refueling.
  • I might just drive my SUV half a mile and get some McD right now.
    • by jhoegl (638955)
      "Because they put a chemical in their food to make you crave for it nightly smartass!" - "Dad" - So I married an Axe Murderer
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by gstoddart (321705)

        "Because they put a chemical in their food to make you crave for it nightly smartass!"

        Not "crave for it nightly". It's crave it fortnightly [imdb.com] -- you know, every two weeks.

        And, it was KFC not McD's.

  • why is the east coast that must more dense?

    • why is the east coast that must more dense?

      Population density. Many of the Western states are comparatively sparsely populated.

  • I haven't poked at the actual data, but just by looking at the map for 2009...
    http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/maps/distance-to-nearest-mcdonalds/ [datapointed.net] ...and then the one for 2010...
    http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/maps/distance-to-nearest-mcdonalds-sept-2010/ [datapointed.net] ...aside from seeing a bunch of new restaurants opening, a bunch of restaurants shifting (corrections in data or stores moving locations), there's the one obvious 'big blob' one that disappears near the west coast. But not in California

  • Cheap advertising for McDonalds or does it transcend merely being a company and is more like a cultural identification in the USA?

    Probably in France the equivalent would be "how far are you from a Michelin starred restaurant?"

    Mind you here in the UK it might be "how far are you from the nearest chippie?" to be fair.....

    • by gstoddart (321705)

      Cheap advertising for McDonalds or does it transcend merely being a company and is more like a cultural identification in the USA?

      Sadly, I think it is.

      Probably in France the equivalent would be "how far are you from a Michelin starred restaurant?"

      I don't think most French people regularly dine in Michelin starred restaurants. More like historically, even the peasants in France cooked really good, simple food that led to a food culture being fairly entrenched. That and the wine.

      Mind you here in the UK it m

  • geeze people stop talking about Mc Donalds, Tim Hortons, foooood.... i'm hungry now.
  • that the center of Nevada isn't more remote, but there are McDs in Battle Mountain and Ely. Hmm. Probably still a wait at the damn drive-thru there, too.
  • My stepfather lives probably 50+ from the nearest McD -- but the town has a Subway. Cheaper franchise that a smaller town can support.

    • Actually, there are more Subways than there are McDonalds. For the US at least. Has been that way for a few years IIRC.

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