13 Things You Didn’t Know About Subway

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1) Fred DeLuca
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Founder Fred DeLuca created Subway in 1965, when he was 17 years old, with a $1,000 loan from a family friend named Peter Buck.

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2) The BMT
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In keeping with the "subway" theme, the BMT sandwich was named after the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit system, one of the original New York subway lines. Today, we know it as "Biggest, Meatiest, Tastiest," with pepperoni, salami, and ham.

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3) Veggie Patty
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There's a vegetable-based patty available regionally, and it's is actually made mostly of soy, mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, green and red bell peppers, black olives, brown rice, and soy sauce. 

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4) That Smell
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All Subways smell the same. Apparently, this is because all Subways use the same bread. They are sent to all franchises frozen and the shops thaw them out before baking them behind the counter. It is hinted that the caramelization smell of the sugar has something to do with the distinct smell, but it’s still a mystery what makes this particular bread smell so unique. 

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5) Combos
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There are about 2 million possible sandwich combinations.

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6) Size
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Subway is currently the largest chain in the world, and has even surpassed McDonald’s.

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7) Jared
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The first sandwich that Jared Fogle ever ordered was a 6-inch turkey sub without cheese and mayo. He would eat that and a full-length veggie sub for dinner, with a bag of baked chips and a diet soda. The key was no oil, cheese, or mayo.

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8) Servings Per Minute
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Subway serves nearly 2,800 salads and sandwiches per minute. 

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9) Secret Menu
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Subway has secret menu items, or at least combinations you can create that are super-creative, like a chicken cordon bleu sub, breakfast taco flatbread, tuna melt, and grilled cheese with tomato. 

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10) 1 World Trade Center
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When 1 World Trade Center was being built back in 2010, Subway opened a restaurant for workers who were involved in rebuilding the tower. The shop opened in a movable pod and rose up along with the building as it grew.

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11) Southern California Special
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In Southern California, Subway has a Rainy Deal Special, where customers receive a free 6-inch sub and hot soup with the purchase of a sub and 32-ounce drink if it's raining out.

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12) Special Bread Cut
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You can customize the way your sandwich is cut and prepared. If you say "old cut," the sandwich maker digs into the sandwich as opposed to slicing it. You could also ask for the "wing effect," which means part of the meat will hang out from the sandwich, creating a "wing."

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13) They Cater
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Subway does catering, and the sandwiches are brought out as Giant Subs. They come in either 3 feet (18 portions) or 6 feet (36 portions).

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