The McStory Behind the Iconic Fast-Food Clown: Ronald McDonald

Some people find Ronald McDonald charming, and others find him creepy. Whichever way you feel about the red-haired McDonald’s mascot, the burger-lovin’ clown made his debut back in the 60s and brought cheap, fast-food to families all around the country. He was seen on television commercials, video games, merchandise, and, of course, the children’s charity, The Ronald McDonald House.


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Thanks to the delicious greasy food, and child-friendly happy meals, McDonald’s became a household name, and Ronald has become one of the most beloved and recognizable characters in the world. He is even more recognizable than the symbol of the cross. However, the character has gone through a lot over the years. From branding and lawsuits to backlash and health concerns, these are some things you probably never knew about the red-nosed mascot. Plus, I added some interesting facts about the fast-food chain.

Without further ado, here are some fun facts about America’s favorite clown.

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