Followup: Food Math


Remember how we said we’d felt some creative sparks from that statement that the average American eats $500 worth of fast food a year? Well, now we’ve done our homework.

Per our unofficial field work, a McDonald’s chicken nugget is approximately 1.5 inches long, by 1 inch wide, by about .5 inches deep. Let’s ignore its varied shapes, and just call it a rectangular prism. This gives us a volume, per McNugget, of 0.75 inches.

At most McDonalds restaurants, you can buy four McNuggets for a dollar – meaning your $500 gets you 2000 nuggets, or 1500 cubic inches of deep-fried all-white-meat chicken bites. For those of you keeping score at home, that is also just under one cubic foot, or about one third of a human body (this per the no doubt entirely accurate lyrics of One Man Guy, by Loudon Wainwright III, where a person is “three cubic feet”).

It is worth noting at this juncture that the goal of our investigation here was to see if $500 would buy you enough chicken nuggets to fill a jacuzzi. The answer is, sadly, no: even the smallest jacuzzi we found holds a whopping 200 gallons, which is 26.73 cubic feet, or the equivalent of $15,400 worth of chicken nuggets. Or $10,266 if it’s a 6-piece-for-a-dollar sale.

Consider yourself informed.

[Photo: Ms. McNugget via Kate Shepard’s Flickr]

Followup: Food Math