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NATIONAL FAST FOOD DAY

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Today's topic is likely related to something just about all of us have done - eaten fast food.

NATIONAL FAST FOOD DAY

On November 16th, food lovers get a dose of their favorite convenience food. Whether they use the drive-thru, dine-in, or get it to go, National Fast Food Day calls for us to grilled, fried, and broiled menu staples. 

First popularized in the United States in the 1950s, fast food is considered any meal with low preparation time and served to a customer in a packaged form. The meal makes for quick dine-in, take-out or take-away. Most fast-food restaurants offer drive-thru service.

Merriam-Webster dictionary first recognized the term “fast food” in 1951.

Following World War I, automobiles became popular and more affordable. At that time, restaurants introduced the drive-in.

Much like today’s food trucks, Walter Anderson first began selling hamburgers out of an old streetcar body at a Wichita intersection. Despite the limited menu, the hamburgers were a crowd-pleaser. When the popularity of his hamburgers grew, Anderson partnered with E.W. Ingram and opened the first White Castle in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. These enterprising restauranteurs opened the first fast-food business, selling hamburgers for 5¢ each.

The United States hosts the largest fast food industry in the world. American fast-food restaurants are located in over 100 countries.

Fun fact: The first Happy Meal was served in June of 1979.

While fast food began as sandwiches and sides, the menus expanded over time. Today fast food includes fish, a variety of fried chicken, tacos, pizza, and a wide selection of sides. Sodas quench the thirst and desserts sweeten the menu. From ice cream and shakes to pies and cakes, fast food delivers.

As times changed, restaurants added breakfast items to the menu, too. Expanding their hours increased their workforce and their menu options, as well. However, not all fast-food chains offer breakfast.

Use in a sentence: I bet we can start an argument on this board about what is the best fast food.


It is also NATIONAL CHECK YOUR WIPERS DAY.

NATIONAL CHECK YOUR WIPERS DAY

National Check Your Wipers Day on November 16th reminds drivers to regularly check their windshield wipers to ensure optimum visibility in the event of inclement weather on the road.

In 2020, AAA reported 50.6 million people traveled by automobile for the Thanksgiving holiday, making it one of the year’s busiest travel weekends. As many Americans plan to hit the road, it’s important to remind them to proactively check their wipers. Visibility is an important factor in driving in poor weather conditions. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 24% of all accidents are weather-related. A survey by MICHELIN® Wiper Blades found that 92% of drivers agree that poor wiper blades can affect their driving ability. However, 90% of drivers do not plan the time to check their wipers properly and 55%+ don’t know how to check their wiper blades properly.


Other great reminders to check your wipers include:

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  • During an oil change.
  • When you fill gas.
  • After a car wash.
  • Before a road trip.
  • At the start of Winter and Spring seasons.

Standard recommendations suggest we change our wiper blades every 6 to 12 months. However, the frequency varies depending on the location of residence and how often the vehicle is driven. This requires people to regularly inspect their wipers to ensure that they are not past the lifespan, which leads to compromised visibility.

Use in a sentence: C'mon Dawgs. Check those wipers and be safe so you can be around to watch the big game in January.

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