10 things you didn’t know about Wendy’s

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Dave Thomas was an early supporter of KFC

Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's, once advised Col. Harland Sanders and helped him build the KFC brand before selling his shares back to the Colonel and starting his own chain.


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At first, there were only five menu items

Wendy's menu was simple when it first opened in 1969, with only five items including hamburgers, fries, chili, soft drinks, and their signature Frosty dessert.


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300 million Frostys are sold every year

Wendy's sells around 300 million Frostys per year, a testament to the enduring popularity of the dessert.


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They used to have a salad bar

Wendy's salad bar was a hit in the 80s, but was phased out in the early 2000s in favor of pre-assembled salads.


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Dave Thomas was a high school dropout

Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, dropped out of high school at 15 but later earned his GED at age 61 and was worth an estimated $4.2 billion at the time of his death in 2002.


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Wendy’s has its own charitable foundation

Wendy’s has the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which matches children in foster care with loving families, an especially important cause to Thomas because he was adopted as an infant and never knew his birth parents.


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The word “mom” is included in the new Wendy’s logo…or is it?

Wendy's logo in 2012 unintentionally appeared to spell the word "mom" in the collar, but Dave Thomas was actually raised by his grandmother.


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Their Twitter account is SAVAGE

Wendy's Twitter account is known for its savage wit and roasting skills, with 4 million followers.


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They’ve stuck to one slogan

Wendy's original catchphrase, coined by Dave Thomas, "Quality is our recipe," is still used today in commercials, on packaging, and on their buildings.


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Wendy’s has had some strange menu items in Japan

Wendy's Japanese locations have offered unique items like foie gras burgers, avocado and wasabi burgers, chicken sandwiches with truffle and porcini mushroom sauce, and lobster and caviar sandwiches.


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