Another day, another person uncovering the shocking truth about McDonald’s food: It doesn’t decay, or at least, the food appears to decay at alarmingly slow rates. Jennifer Lovdahl, from Alaska, posted a photo of a McDonald’s Happy Meal on Facebook that shows barely any signs of aging after sitting in the back of her office for six years (with receipt of proof of purchase). The Happy Meal, which consists of four McNuggets and French fries, looks slightly drained of color, but other than that shows no sign of wear, tear, or mold.
“[It] has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!” she writes in a rant on her Facebook post. “It smells only of cardboard. We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this ‘food’ is. Especially for our growing children!”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen people experiment with ageless McDonald’s food. The record for longest-running untouched McDonald’s meal still belongs to David Whipple, who purchased a burger in 1999 from McDonald’s that refused to decompose 15 years later. Plus, the “last McDonald’s burger in Iceland” purchased in 2009 before McDonald’s closed throughout the country, is allegedly still on display under glass in the National Museum.
But according to Snopes, most of these “experiments” are questionable at best, because there are zero scientific controls. How were the burgers stored? How much oxygen and humidity were they exposed to? McDonald’s has even responded to claims that its food doesn’t rot on its FAQ page:
“Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form. Without it, food will simply dry out — sort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to make croutons for stuffing.”