Subway Outnumbers McDonalds: a Sign of the End Times?

by Ryan on March 7, 2011

in Economy,Pop Culture,Stupid government

It’s true:  at least at this moment, there are more Subway restaurants than McDonalds around the world.  Is this a sign of the end times when a chain once affectionately referred to as “FeetWay” (due to the odor) when I was a teen can outnumber the greasy goodness of a processed hamburger with fries along with a mildly gelatinous shake one always looked forward to as a kid?

Probably not a sign of the apocalypse.

However, McDonalds has had a major image problem since Super Size Me burst on the scene in 2004.  On the other hand, Subway’s Jared Fogle had a great story (the first 7,000 times I heard it), making the franchise.  There’s no denying the perception:  at McDonalds you get fat;  at Subway you can eat your way to a healthy waistline.

Name recognition and their ability to adapt will keep McDonalds a dominant force in the fast food market (unless Michelle Obamasaurus comes too near).  However, the Subway news was a bit shocking — I had no idea Subway had so many restaurants all over the world!

At the end of the day, until some socialist rubes start calling for an end to “Big Sandwich” all is well in fast food land.

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Chris March 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Strangely enough, I’m not very surprised by this. When I did my College Study Abroad in Iceland in 1999, both Mickey D’s and Subway were in Reykjavik (and more locations of Subway than McDonald’s). Since then, McDonald’s has pulled out of Iceland. I also remember seeing both when I went to Bangkok.

And yes, the smell that Subway emits is absolutely disgusting, stinking up mall corridors and food courts nationwide!


rightonoz March 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm

The pic says it all…. Where the US has gotten too in being the FATTEST nation, with Australia not far behind and closing rapidly. A fast food culture bordering on child abuse.

Strangely I don’t mind the Subway smell of fresh baked bread. Better than the stale fat smell from Mac’s fries.

Give me a good Ozzy Pie any day!

I think I just heard my blocked arteries complaining again.


Ryan March 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I must admit that not all Subway’s have a locker room odor. When one arrives as the bread’s coming out of the ovens, it’s not bad. I generally eat healthy (more at Subway than McD’s), but occasionally indulge in McD’s. After about 30 minutes I feel like I need a detox clinic, so it’s hard to imagine eating enough of that grease to get obese off of it.


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