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  • McDonald’s recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Over the past several decades since the first restaurant opened in California, there’s been a lot of ups (pizza!) and downs (when they took pizza off the menu). In honour, we rounded up 10 things you might not know about the fast food giant.

    You've got Canada to thank for the McFlurry

    Yes ,it's true. Our favourite ice cream treat has Canadian roots. The McFlurry, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, was created in the small coastal town of Bathurst, N.B. by franchisee Ron McLellan. Apparently McDonald's "fell in love with its creamy and crunchy taste" and added it to their regular menu.

    McDonald's started as a barbecue joint

    McDonald’s isn’t exactly known for their killer BBQ, but that’s how they got their start. In the 1930s, barbeque was huge across the south and western parts of the United States, so naturally when the McDonald brothers opened their restaurant, they had a smoke pit out the back. The original menu

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    Jane Fonda may be a fitness icon, but it wasn’t until she was in her mid 40s that the prolific actor started doing the aerobics routines that propelled her to a whole new level of fame.

    The creator of Jane Fonda’s Original Workout—which became the top-selling VHS tape of all time—tells Yahoo Canada Shine that ballet was what kept her fit up until then.

    “Ballet was my exercise because there was nothing else,” Fonda says on the line from L.A., with her dog, Tulea, barking in the background. “If you went to a health club, there would be the men’s gym and there was nothing for women.”

    Fonda, of course, went on to become as well-known for her leg warmers and one-piece body suits as her appearances in films like “On Golden Pond” and the more recent Netflix series “Grace and Frankie." It all started during the filming of China Syndrome with Michael Douglas in 1979. She had a broken foot and couldn’t do her ballet-barre moves. Once her foot started to heal, Fonda began doing her own series of

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    Dreena Burton is raising her three daughters on a plant-based diet, and her girls love things like chick peas and chia seeds. But even the prolific cookbook author is not immune to a problem that plagues almost every other mom and dad out there: picky eaters.

    “My plant-based kids are not reaching into the fridge for raw broccoli all the time,” says Burton, author of Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes. “Kids are picky, period. I don’t think there’s any parent who hasn’t experienced this.

    “A little while ago I put a dish in front of my youngest daughter and she said, ‘I don’t like this.’ I said, ‘That’s interesting because you’ve never tasted it,’” Burton adds. “Everything I give her lately is yucky and stinky. I made some soup and told her it was called the Not Yucky and Stinky Soup. Sure enough, she ate it.”

    To deal with picky eaters, it helps to consider what may be behind the refusal to consume certain foods. Often, it has nothing to do with food

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