As a follow-up to our 14-year-old hamburger from McDonalds (this blog, photos, and literally unchanged in 14 years), I couldn’t resist this quick upbeat follow-up demo video.
Becki A sent this in from ND, and I know there are others, because according to the people who have done the experiment ANYONE CAN DO THIS. Simply buy an unadorned burger (fries if you like, they also seem to have a very long life span), then either lose it in your car for months like one guy did, or stage it on a white china plate like Sally Davies and take photos each day. Add a little music and you have yourself a YouTube vid:) Hey, the Morning Show or another show may feature you, and who knows, McDonald’s may answer!
Sally Davies bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal on April 26, 2010. She placed it on her coffee table, uncovered, and took photos every day for six months. This video shows the results, which are quite scary. McDonald’s response posted below video.
Update: McDonald’s has released an official reply to this experiment.
From Sally Davies – and update from Gizmodo
180 days—and she says there were no worms, mold, smell, or visible decomposition of any kind.
Perhaps you have seen similar things before, but the fact that anyone can repeat this simple experiment, the fact that a burger and fries can survive through six months—including New York’s fierce summer—is just scary and gross. Even more so than knowing how chicken nuggets are made and sterilized. Sally talked about his experiment to Good Morning America.
What I want to know now is what kind of technology does McDonald’s use to create these things. Is a Happy Meal scientifically considered inert matter? Is it made of carbon-based polymers? Can it be recycled into jet fuel? They taste marginally better than asbestos, so it must be okay to use them to build houses.
I have no answers for you, but I hope there’s a lesson in this for all of you, dear parents, would-be-parents, and I-don’t-want-kids-but-I-like-Happy-Meals-anyway people out there. [Flickr]