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You're Never More Than 115 Miles From McDonald's

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the 2-hours-until-delicious dept.

United States 55

There is some bad news for McNugget lovers. Thanks to a store closure in northeastern California, you can now be as far 115 miles from a McDonald's in the contiguous United States. The new "McFarthest" spot is in northwest Nevada, replacing the previous in South Dakota by eight heart-pounding, artery-clogged miles.

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Your mother. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33578226)

Is swallowing my Big Mac.

Re:Your mother. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33579368)

Unfortunately, your mother couldn't swallow my Big Mac... something about a "gag reflex".

ISS (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33578288)

The ISS orbits around 190 nm aka 220 or so statute (regular) miles. So, if you're willing to count the ISS while its over the lower 48, I think it has this record beat even if it passes directly over my local McD.

Re:ISS (1)

WolfeCanada (604888) | more than 3 years ago | (#33578956)

Not exactly the contiguous US, is it?

Re:ISS (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 3 years ago | (#33603818)

Maybe not, but the space station is awesome and should be mentioned as much as possible. I wish that we would have just kept launching Saturn Vs into orbit and deep space instead of retiring them. Imagine the space station we could have if each module was the size of SkyLab!

Re:ISS (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#33579986)

190 nanometers = 0.00019 millimeters.

Re:ISS (1)

Decker-Mage (782424) | more than 3 years ago | (#33584616)

Only if you are un-American/pro-MKS ;-). For me it means Nautical Mile (equivalent to 2000 yards) but I'm qualified as helmsman, quartermaster, and navigator of the watch including under-way refueling.

Re:ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33585484)

oh well good for you! *sarcasm detection system suddenly spikes off the charts* nm still means nanometers and you cant change that by being a mariner, seafarer, pirate or lowly deckhand.

Re:ISS (1)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 3 years ago | (#33586058)

Go read a dictionary... nautical miles can also be abbreviated nm. Just because you only know one interpretation for nm doesn't mean other valid ones do not exist.

Re:ISS (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 3 years ago | (#33597836)

The ISS is international, so metric units would be the logical assumption. I'm not going to trash imperial units and say that nautical miles have no place, but they certainly make little sense in space.

Re:ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33612256)

Nautical miles are a metric unit. By definition, they're 1852 m long (or approximately one minute of arc).

Re:ISS (1)

harrytuttle777 (1720146) | more than 3 years ago | (#33616416)

The problem is the the Eurofags don't like the imperial system because it makes no sense. The Usians don't like metric because it is Eurpoean, and makes you gay.

I propose a compromise at least as far as mass is concerned. The official ANSI standard for mass should be the turd. The turd is defined as the mass of an average piece of human excrement, which just so happens to be 2.20462262 pounds. This will make the US happy because it is something we can relate to and have direct experience with. (not like some gay piece of metal in France of all places). It will also make Europeans happy because it will be easy to do the kg / turd conversion in your head. And most importantly for Usians, talking about turds is never gay.

Re:ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33621670)

Unlike you, as you're totally gay.

Re:ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33632566)

What if you're packing turds? That can be pretty gay.

Re:ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33678304)

The problem is the the Eurofags don't like the imperial system because it makes no sense. The Usians don't like metric because it is Eurpoean, and makes you gay.

Well, since you're obviously neither, what kind of annoying, sanctimonious ass are you supposed to be? Your obsession with "gay" and "turds" makes me think of that wanker that's always posting about eating shit out of the toilet.

Man, I swear to god, the higher the Slashdot ID, the stupider the posts.

Re:ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33623644)

Actually, which system to use was an argument that had in the early planning stages of the ISS. Since the US was providing the most funds and initial resources I believe they won the battle and went with SI units. Just being international doesn't mean it's going to be on the metric system.

Re:ISS (2, Funny)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#33687806)

We're Americans. We're capable of adapting and working with more than one system even if the French are completely incapable. We are willing to adjust to accommodate our more feeble-minded partners.

Re:ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33696726)

From the guy whose sig shows that he is incapable of grokking that kilo can have different meanings, depending on what is being measured, in different unit systems. (KB=1024 bytes)

Re:ISS (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#33726924)

> From the guy whose sig shows that he is incapable of grokking that kilo can have different meanings, depending on what is being measured, in different unit systems. (KB=1024 bytes)

Clearly you haven't been keeping up with "current events" at all and for quite awhile too.

Re:ISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33598138)

You are wrong. All of those ridiculous units you use in the states haven't been used anywhere else for years. The metric system is the only one, therefore nm is nanometers. You are a stupid person for suggest otherwise.

Re:ISS (1)

vawarayer (1035638) | more than 3 years ago | (#33672916)

You are wrong. All of those ridiculous units you use in the states haven't been used anywhere else for years. The metric system is the only one, therefore nm is nanometers. You are a stupid person for suggest otherwise.

I don't know why I'm replying to this as you seem a bit reluctant in other's opinion, but I'll try anyway.

The Nautical Mile is recognized internationally and used primarily in navigation, ie. marine & air (ISS is air, right?) The International Civil Aviation Association uses nm as its symbol ( Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org] or the initial reference [icao.int] )

And should it matter - which I don't think it does - I am not a US citizen. I am working in the marine field, and the nm is the de-facto unit here.

Re:ISS (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#33690460)

Okay... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nautical_mile [wikipedia.org]

The nautical mile (symbol M, NM, Nm or nmi) is a unit of length corresponding approximately to one minute of arc of latitude along any meridian. By international agreement it is exactly 1,852 metres (approximately 6,076 feet).

Oh look, it seems that nm isn’t considered a valid abbreviation for nautical miles probably due to it being such a common abbreviation for nanometres...

115 Miles..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33586394)

.....still not far enough.

Re:115 Miles..... (1)

kramulous (977841) | more than 3 years ago | (#33609062)

I last had Maccas around 1996. I don't see me having it anytime soon.

I discovered the joys of cooking ... and flavour.

I'm lovin' it! (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 3 years ago | (#33603768)

I might just drive my SUV half a mile and get some McD right now.

Re:I'm lovin' it! (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#33659150)

"Because they put a chemical in their food to make you crave for it nightly smartass!" - "Dad" - So I married an Axe Murderer

Re:I'm lovin' it! (2, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#33678238)

"Because they put a chemical in their food to make you crave for it nightly smartass!"

Not "crave for it nightly". It's crave it fortnightly [imdb.com] -- you know, every two weeks.

And, it was KFC not McD's.

interesting pic (1)

initialE (758110) | more than 2 years ago | (#33626396)

why is the east coast that must more dense?

Re:interesting pic (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 2 years ago | (#33630526)

why is the east coast that must more dense?

Population density. Many of the Western states are comparatively sparsely populated.

Re:interesting pic (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 3 years ago | (#33632440)

Yep. For example, Rhode Island has about 1000 people per square mile, Wyoming has 5.

I've been to both states. You don't really feel crowded in Rhode Island, but you certainly feel isolated in Wyoming. Frighteningly isolated, and then you get to the city you've been wating to reach for several hours, and it's really just a town.

Re:interesting pic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33644944)

If you call Wyoming "frighteningly isolated" you must be easily scared. I'll take the wide open areas and smaller cities any day over the stinking, polluted, crime-ridden crowded zoos known as "cities" on the East Coast any day.

Still too close (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33631264)

McSh1te.

A McDonald's closing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33644602)

That's like the 47th sign of the Apocalypse! Armageddon is coming! Prepare yourselves! Repent! Repent!

North Eastern California AKA Nevada? (1)

Animaether (411575) | more than 3 years ago | (#33654686)

I haven't poked at the actual data, but just by looking at the map for 2009...
http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/maps/distance-to-nearest-mcdonalds/ [datapointed.net] ...and then the one for 2010...
http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/maps/distance-to-nearest-mcdonalds-sept-2010/ [datapointed.net] ...aside from seeing a bunch of new restaurants opening, a bunch of restaurants shifting (corrections in data or stores moving locations), there's the one obvious 'big blob' one that disappears near the west coast. But not in California, I guessed.

Overlaying it on Google Maps...
You need to rotate the map CCW a fair bit.. just match up LA, SF and SLC and if you search for "McDonald's" the blobs from the map should line up with several of the Google Maps blips along the I80 - e.g. at Winnemucca, Battle Mountain and Elko ...the big blob that disappeared actually seems to be centered on the location at Tonopah...
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=mcdonald's&ll=38.153997,-117.004395&spn=1.187873,2.469177&z=9&iwloc=A&layer=c&cbll=38.056254,-117.216531&panoid=0l-zQQd6AtlI4McY-UjHkg&cbp=12,47.78,,0,5.25 [google.com] ...which is in Nevada, not California.

Any Tonopahians around?

Advert for McD or is it beyond a mere company? (1)

fantomas (94850) | more than 3 years ago | (#33667476)

Cheap advertising for McDonalds or does it transcend merely being a company and is more like a cultural identification in the USA?

Probably in France the equivalent would be "how far are you from a Michelin starred restaurant?"

Mind you here in the UK it might be "how far are you from the nearest chippie?" to be fair.....

Re:Advert for McD or is it beyond a mere company? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#33678376)

Cheap advertising for McDonalds or does it transcend merely being a company and is more like a cultural identification in the USA?

Sadly, I think it is.

Probably in France the equivalent would be "how far are you from a Michelin starred restaurant?"

I don't think most French people regularly dine in Michelin starred restaurants. More like historically, even the peasants in France cooked really good, simple food that led to a food culture being fairly entrenched. That and the wine.

Mind you here in the UK it might be "how far are you from the nearest chippie?" to be fair.....

Here in Canada, it's Tim Horton's [timhortons.com] :-P

I swear to got, at least 1/3 if the country is physically addicted to Tim Horton's coffee here. (Though, that dreck that is Starbucks is growing in popularity.)

Stop Making Me Hungry (1)

muphin (842524) | more than 3 years ago | (#33684308)

geeze people stop talking about Mc Donalds, Tim Hortons, foooood.... i'm hungry now.

Idle: Broken in FireFox, IE, Chrome, & Safari (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33685408)

Fix this shit already.

Re:Idle: Broken in FireFox, IE, Chrome, & Safa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33705294)

Aw, how cute. Somebody thinks the people who run Slashdot are competent.

I'm a little surprised (1)

buckeyeguy (525140) | more than 3 years ago | (#33693626)

that the center of Nevada isn't more remote, but there are McDs in Battle Mountain and Ely. Hmm. Probably still a wait at the damn drive-thru there, too.

It isn't the acid test for fast food (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 3 years ago | (#33695892)

My stepfather lives probably 50+ from the nearest McD -- but the town has a Subway. Cheaper franchise that a smaller town can support.

Re:It isn't the acid test for fast food (1)

Allnighte (1794642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33697122)

Actually, there are more Subways than there are McDonalds. For the US at least. Has been that way for a few years IIRC.

I must be lucky (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33722654)

I have one in my basement!

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