By now, you can probably draw a picture of McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald from memory, even though his TV appearances are few and far between: the red hair, the yellow sleeveless jumpsuit, the red and white striped arms and legs. But have you ever seen what the original Ronald looked like when the character was first introduced in 1963, as portrayed by weatherman Willard Scott? Let’s have a look:
GAHHH! What is that?! What the heck is going on here? Why is his nose a cup? Why does he have four eyebrows? Is that a teddy bear on his head? What’s holding the tray at his waist in place? Why do those look suspiciously like medical exam gloves? And what the heck is in the bag? Churros? In 1963, McDonald’s still only sold just burgers and fries; those don’t look like any burgers or fries I’ve ever seen.
Well anyway, good thing modern-day Ronald is so non-threatening:
Eh, never mind.