I just realized that the McDonald's map shows no restaurants in Iceland, and displays the price of a McDonald's burger there..
Two factoids about McDonald's:
1. Way back when, in a book entitled 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree
,' "Thomas Friedman came up with his “Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention”.
No two countries that had McDonald’s restaurants would go to war. The idea suited the heady post-cold war 1990s when people thought humanity would turn to post-ideological goals, like ending hunger. It offered the prospect of ‘homo economicus
’ replacing its appetite for war with a Big Mac and fries ..." and
2. To this day The Economist
uses the price of a Big Mac
as a (maybe not too surprisingly) fairly accurate currency comparison tool. That newspaper explains
that "Burgernomics was never intended as a precise gauge of currency misalignment, merely a tool to make exchange-rate theory more digestible. Yet the Big Mac index has become a global standard, included in several economic textbooks and the subject of at least 20 academic studies."