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McDonald's Menu Items From Around The World

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Knowing _flossers like I do, many if not most of you have experienced McDonald's outside the U.S. because, hey, you like to travel and see the world, right? Indubitably, you've got a story about that one time you were in X and looked up at the McDonald's menu only to find a Mc-Y. Right? Well, here's a list of offerings from 10 countries around the world. Be sure to add your own finds in the comments below.

1. New Zealand

Depending on when you’re visiting New Zealand, you may or may not get a chance to sample what sounds truly delicious! The KiwiBurger is like a hamburger (“But south!”) (reference? anyone? anyone?) but, in addition to the traditional meat patty, also includes the following: a poached egg and beetroot!

2. Belgium & France

The Le Croque McDo is McD’s version of a Croque-monsieur, the traditional breakfast sandwich found in France or Belgium (in the Netherlands, they call it the McTosti). It consists of two melted slices of Emmental cheese and a slice of ham toasted between two buns. In other parts of Europe, you’ll find the McCroissant, as well.

3. The Netherlands

The kroket is a deep-fried snack made with meat and very popular in the Netherlands. It’s crunchy on the outside, but very soft inside. McDonald's version is the McKroket. The original kroket was actually a French invention, and was introduced in the Netherlands early in the 20th century.

4. Quebec, Canada

A favorite of many Canadians, the Poutine is your traditional fries with gravy and cheese. Yumm!

5. Korea

A McBingsoo is McDonald's version of the popular Patbingsu, or shaved ice originally sold by street vendors. Also in Korea, as you might expect, you can find the Bulgogi Burger, made from pork, not beef.

6. Pakistan

Kofta, or meatballs, are made from beef or chicken in Pakistan. So, naturally, the McKofta is McDonald’s version of a meatball sandwich. If you’re feeling more like something chutney-flavored, there’s always the McChutney Burger. Personally, though, if I’m ever in Pakistan, I’m ordering the mango-flavored milkshake!

7. Poland

In Poland, there used to be McKielbasa, which was a kielbasa patty topped with ketchup, mustard, and onion on a sesame seed bun. But it flopped and was pulled from the menu soon after its debut. Too bad, but if you find yourself in Poland, be sure to try the Wie?Mac, which translates to “country Mac.” - This sounds absolutely delicious! It’s a quarter-pound patty topped with onions, lettuce, one slice of cheddar cheese and two shots of mustard and horseradish sauce on a sesame-seed bun.

8. Thailand

The most interesting thing about McDonald’s in Thailand isn’t on the menu. Rather, it’s the fact that a fast-food joint is considered a higher end option in Thailand. So much so, that some think it’s prestigious to be seen in one. Pretty different, eh? Also different is the menu, of course, where you can find the Samurai Pork Burger, a pork patty marinated with teriyaki sauce and topped with mayonnaise, lettuce, and a pickle. There’s also the McPork Burger or the Pepper Chicken Burger.

9. Israel

There’s a week or so during the Jewish holiday Passover that Jews are forbidden to eat bread products. In many fast-food restaurants, the burgers are served either on a bed of lettuce during this week, or else on matzo, the unleavened flatbread. Despite that mixing cheese and meat isn’t Kosher (literally!), McDonald’s still serves cheeseburgers and some Israelis even jokingly refer to it as the sinburger. The McShawarma is served in a pita-like flatbread, as is the McKebab (doesn’t really roll of the tongue, does it?) Israel has also tried introducing the McFalafel sandwich, but it never stays on the menu very long.

10. India

There are so many wonderful-sounding items on the menu in India, where, of course, the cow is sacred. How about the Maharja Mac - in its original mutton version or the chicken burger variety? There is also the McCurry Pan, a rectangular-shaped crust topped with a creamy sauce, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn and red bell pepper. There are a couple different veggie burger options, including the McAloo Tikki Burger, which has a patty made out of potatoes and peas. I’ve never been to India, but am definitely jonsing for the Pizza McPuff: a rectangular bread topped with tomato-based sauce, carrots, beans, bell peppers, onions, peas and, of course, mozzarella cheese.

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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