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Posted: February 15, 2018

No more cheeseburgers? McDonald’s to change classic Happy Meals

McDonald's Announces Changes To Happy Meals

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

McDonald’s is trying to make kids healthier by removing staples from their iconic Happy Meals.

The fast food chain announced Thursday that it will be removing cheeseburgers and chocolate milk as listed menu options, USAToday reported. It is also cutting the size of fries in the larger 6-piece chicken-nugget Mighty Kids Meal, Reuters reported.

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Not everything is being taken away. Bottled water is being added as a Happy Meal drink option.

All is not lost for kids who will only eat cheeseburgers at the restaurant. They can still order the now-unlisted options by request.

The move to make the meals healthier comes as the company is trying to make a Happy Meal come in at 600 calories or less by 2022, NPR reported.

McDonald's is hoping that by removing the choices from the official menu, customers will change their ordering and dining behavior. That is what happened when the company took soda off the official menu option for Happy Meals. Some customers ordered milk, water or juice with their meals, Reuters reported.

The company is also looking at changing the options for the coveted toys that come with the meals. Right now 20 markets offer books as a year-round replacement for the toy. By the end of 2019, it will expand the program to 100 markets, Reuters reported.

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Job posting for 'Chicken Nugget Connoisseur' is clucking good

If you love Chicken Nuggets, this job will have you clucking in anticipation every day.

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“Just like a good steak, this opportunity is rare,” the British-based B&M budget retailer posted to its website. The job opening is for a “Chicken Nugget Connoisseur,” and the candidate who gets the job will receive a 25-pound voucher every month to spend on “fresh and frozen food” in their local B&M store. The job requires the nugget eater to share feedback with B&M.

“You’ll want to take a bite out of this,” B&M wrote on its website.

So, what kind of job experience does one need for this job?

In its job posting, B&M offers some specific clues:

  • Getting the 20 share box of nuggets from McDonald's and keeping them all for yourself;

  • Being the first in the office kitchen whenever someone says “there’s cake”;

  • That time you tripped and fell at a buffet and saved the plate before yourself;

  • Going to an event or party because there is free food;

  • You value the importance of a fish finger sandwich in life;

  • You can conduct a Powerpoint presentation on the reasoning behind curly fries being nicer than chips;

If you believe you qualify, wing it and apply.

Man goes through McDonald’s drive-through on horseback

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Man goes through McDonald’s drive-through on horseback

Is it a drive through or a ride though?

A South Carolina man has gone viral for his untraditional means of picking up his apple pies and sweet tea at his local McDonald’s.

Isaiah Rhones was recently spotted on horseback, behind cars and SUVs in the drive through lane at the Columbia franchise, WLTX reported.

He told the television station he rides his horse anywhere.

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“Just to do something different. I got tired of waiting in a car so I tried to see if I could push traffic along with a horse,” Rhone told WLTX.

And he hasn’t stopped only at Mickey D’s.

He’s also gone to Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee’s, WLTX reported.

And the horse doesn’t go away empty-hoofed.

“When I go to McDonald’s most of the time they say, you want something for the horse? A pack of apples or an apple pie? She likes that. I think that’s why she likes going,” Rhone said.

Study: Chemicals found in McDonald's fries could cure baldness

Can eating McDonald’s French fries cure baldness? It seems far-fetched, but Japanese scientists said a chemical used to prepare the fast-food giant’s fries may restore hair for those experiencing hair loss, Newsweek reported.

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A stem cell research team from Yokohama National University used dimethylpolysiloxane, the silicone added to McDonald’s fries, to regrow hair on mice, Newsweek reported. The scientists said that preliminary tests showed that the chemical was likely to be successful on humans, too.

The study was released in the Biomaterials journal on Feb. 1. Scientists were able to produce “hair follicle germs” (HFG) in mass quantities. The use of dimethylpolysiloxane, which is used by McDonald’s to stop cooking oil from frothing, was crucial to the advancement, scientists said.

“The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel,” Junji Fukuda of Yokohama National University said in the study. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of (the) culture vessel, and it worked very well.”

The scientists transplanted HFG chips onto the bodies of mice, and within days, Fukuda said, the animals were growing new black hair in the transplanted area, Newsweek reported. 

"This simple method is very robust and promising,” Fukuda said in the study. “We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells."

McDonald’s officials have not commented on the study, Newsweek reported.

Not everyone pleased with a McDonald's attempt to deter homeless people

In an attempt to drive homeless people and criminals away, a McDonald's owner in New Mexico may be driving customers away as well.

A rash of criminal activity and loitering around a McDonald's and Circle K combination in Albuquerque prompted the owner of the store to install speakers which emit a high-pitched sound, KRQE reported.

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The city's environmental health department has received multiple complaints from citizens, and is conducting tests on the frequency and decibel levels to see if any city ordinances have been violated, KRQE reported.

McDonald's released a statement to KRQE, saying it was working with the Albuquerque Police Department to ensure crime deterrent measures were being implemented lawfully.

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