Six Fun Fact About Wendy’s

1. Wendy’s was founded in 1969

Most people know Wendy’s isn’t as old as McDonald’s or Burger King, but it’s no newcomer either. Wendy’s — the third-largest fast-food burger chain in the world — has been around for more than five decades since it was founded in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio, by Dave Thomas.

2. There is a real Wendy

Wendy isn’t just a made-up fast food mascot — there really was an actual Wendy! Founder Dave Thomas named the restaurant after his daughter, Melinda Lou “Wendy” Thomas-Morse. Her likeness was also used for the red-pigtailed Wendy character, she has appeared in numerous commercials, and she and her siblings still own dozens of Wendy’s restaurants across the country.

3. Dave Thomas was an early supporter of KFC

Before becoming a famous fast food spokesperson, Dave Thomas advised another future spokesman: Col. Harland Sanders. In the 1950s, Sanders was searching for potential Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisees when he met Thomas, who was then working at a Fort Wayne, Indiana, restaurant called the Hobby House. After the Hobby House signed on with KFC, Thomas helped Sanders build his brand with recommendations like a smaller menu, serving chicken in a red-and-white bucket, and having Sanders personally appear in commercials. Thomas eventually sold his KFC shares back to the Colonel for $1.5 million and departed the company with enough money and knowledge to start his own chain.

4. They pioneered the drive-thru window

Wendy’s didn’t invent the drive-thru, and they weren’t the first fast food chain to use one, but they get credit for pioneering the concept because they were the first to install drive-thru windows at every one of their locations. The first Wendy’s drive-thru, which Dave Thomas called the “pick-up window,” was introduced in 1971. It was still a new concept to many customers, some of whom needed to be given instructions on how to order.

5. At first, there were only five menu items

Wendy’s was a model of simplicity at first. When they opened in 1969, the fast food franchise offered just five items, all of which are still on the menu today: hamburgers, fries, chili, soft drinks, and the now-famous Frosty dessert.

6. There’s a strategy behind the square patties

Dave Thomas used to say his burger patties are square because Wendy’s doesn’t cut corners, but there was a real reason behind the shape. From the beginning, Wendy’s wanted to differentiate itself from the competition by emphasizing the size and quality of its burgers, so Dave used square patties to make them more visible and less likely to be obscured by a bun.

Strict Laws In The Cayman Islands

1. Camping & Trespassing
Camping is legal on public land under the Public Lands Act (2020 Revision). Camping on private property without permission from the owner is criminal trespassing. You may face a fine of up to CI$1,000 and imprisonment for one year if convicted (Penal Code, 2019 Revision).

2. Fireworks
Fireworks are illegal if they exceed a height of 200ft from the ground and are set off within three nautical miles of the airport (unless permitted by the Director-General of Civil Aviation). If you light fireworks to annoy or place others in danger you may face a fine of up to CI$2,000 (Penal Code, 2019).

3. Bonfires
Unless you are granted permission from the Department of Environment (DoE), bonfires are illegal. If you light a bonfire without permission you may be convicted of disorderly conduct or statutory nuisance. If convicted, you may incur a fine of up to CI$1,000 or six months imprisonment (Penal Code, 2019).

4. Flying Drones
Flying drones is completely legal, but there are many restrictions. For example, you cannot fly drones within three nautical miles of any airport or the Northward Prison (unless you have permission from both parties) or within 50 meters of any vessel or person.

5. Littering
Littering in Cayman is illegal under the Litter Act (1997 Revision). It is defined as ‘anything whatsoever’ ranging from dust and dirt to derelict vehicles. If charged you will face a fine of up to CI$500 or six months in prison (Penal Code, 2019).

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Anyone caught driving, supervising a learner, or sitting behind the wheel (when parked) while over the legal alcohol limit (0.070%) commits an offence. Your first offence results in a fine of up to CI$1,000 or six months in prison (or both); second and third offenders receive a fine of up to CI$2,000 or one-year imprisonment (or both). You may also have your licence revoked for a minimum of 12 months.

7. Cannabis
Cannabis use is only permitted if you have a prescription from a medical doctor (Misuse of Drugs Act, 2017). Any person caught manufacturing it (or any derivative) or supplying it is subject to a fine of up to CI$10,000 and five years imprisonment. Upon indictment, you may incur further fines and up to 14 years imprisonment.

8. Fishing & Catch Limits
During lobster season (1st December-29th February), the daily limit is three lobsters per person (or six per boat). You may only catch spiny lobsters with tails longer than six inches. During conch season (1st November-30th April), the limit is five per person or 10 per boat, whichever is less. Catching echinoderms (such as urchins and starfish) is illegal. If convicted, you may face a fine of up to CI$500,000 and one-year imprisonment.