01/07/2014 12:58 pm ET Updated Mar 09, 2014

The Historical Timeline of the McDonald's Menu

Like another legendary empire known for their arches (Rome!), McDonald's wasn't built in a day. Before you can serve billions and billions of people, you need a beloved menu. And also a bunch of catchy slogans. But most importantly, a beloved menu, whose glorious evolution is charted below in the form of an infographic that was meticulously fact-checked by researchers from McDonald's Golden Archives, who in addition to being students of fast food history, have a real knack for puns [ED NOTE: those fine folks couldn't confirm a few things, including some regional test items].

So take a trip through time and revisit the launches of all of your favorites, ranging from classics like the original 1948 cheeseburger, to limited time offerings like the McJordan Special, and even rarer regional treats like the McLobster.

Take a closer look at the timeline in the full story on!