Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

The World's First Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald has enjoyed his fair share of makeovers over the years, and we can all be thankful for that, especially when looking back at the very first Ronald McDonald. With a paper drink cup as a nose, a cardboard food tray for a hat and a belt that magically produces hamburgers, Ronald No. 1 was introduced to the world in 1963 as the "happy hamburger-eating clown." In fact, this Ronald is so happy that he literally skips away to his burger haven after proclaiming, "I like to do everything boys and girls like to do, especially when it comes to eating those delicious McDonald's hamburgers." It's an indisputable fact that most clowns are creepy and bizarre — and this Ronald may just be the creepiest clown of them all.

(Oh, and if you look closely, you might just recognize the man under all that makeup: it's Willard Scott, the Today show's famed weatherman, who's now known as the guy with the Smucker's Jar.)