The McDonald's map of America -- and Denver's place in it (VIDEO)

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For some of us, the day after Thanksgiving is for quiet family time and home-cooked leftovers. For all too many, though, it's a grisly rush to the Black Friday sales at the mall and a lot of scarfing of fast food.

Which makes this an excellent time to check out Stephen Von Worley's novel way of calculating just how completely the empire of the golden arches and its cohorts have conquered America and its fat, unhappy citizens.

Von Worley, an artist and scientist whose site Data Pointed offers interesting forays into data visualization research, recently decided to chart the spread of strip mall sprawl and mindless consumerism in the most direct way he could think of -- by figuring out just how far you could go in the contiguous United States without bumping into a McDonald's.

His efforts to escape the fast-food plague produced this startling map:

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"As expected, McDonald's [locations] cluster at the population centers and hug the highway grid," Von Worley explains on his site. And while the solid mass of Big Macs eases west of the Mississippi, note the heavy concentrations of golden starch that represent Denver and Salt Lake City.

Von Worley then set out to find the one spot in the lower 48 that's farther from a McDonald's than any other. Initial calculations suggested South Dakota, but then he located a spot in the northern Nevada desert that's 115 miles from (equidistant to) three of the fast-food chain's gazillion outlets.

Here's a video of Von Worley's journey to that Ronald-forsaken spot. Kind of makes you hungry.

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simeon
simeon

I was waiting for a scorpion to sting his self-righteous butt..

Just Jack
Just Jack

As long as you moderate yourself Mickey D's is a treat.

Stacy Caillier
Stacy Caillier

carbohydrates are worse for you than fat. put them together and that is why america is fat!!!!

Guest
Guest

Carbohydrates and fat are not bad for you.  Your body needs both to function properly.  It is having TOO MUCH of either that is bad for you.  Just like having too much salt is bad for you, but it is essential for your survival.  People just need to learn moderation. 

I will agree though that McDonalds is not good for you.  Besides all of the fat content they put a lot of other crap in there you shouldn't be eating.

Steven A
Steven A

I am so glad that recently, worldwide, Subway just beat McDonald's in numbers of locations.  McDonald's still holds number one in money made, guess that people like the super value menu and super size everything.

Volleyop13
Volleyop13

What you don't understand is that the average subway sandwich is worse for you than any burger at mcdonalds. People think "oh I'll get a sub for under 6g of fat!" And then they add cheese mayonnaise, salt and vinegar, and mustard. Boom, you've tripled the fat, and quadrupled the sodium.

Zacsig
Zacsig

Google "pink slime" and re-evaluate your position.

Keke1906
Keke1906

Exactly, the only reason that Jarred guy lost so much weight is because he ate veggie subs with no mayo or oil. Who wants to eat that 3 times a day.

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