McDonald’s Food Is Immortal!

Photographer Sally Davies has stirred up a lot of interest in the weird science that goes into making McDonald’s “food” resistant to decay. She has an amazing series of photos at her flickr site where you can see daily progress, or lack thereof, of an ageing McDonald’s Happy Meal (example below).

Photo: (c) Sally Davies (www.sallydaviesphoto.com)

Photo: (c) Sally Davies (www.sallydaviesphoto.com)

According to New York Magazine’s Grub Street blog, Davies plans to keep the experiment going “until something happens, but she’d better be ready for a long haul: A twelve-year-old McD’s burger surfaced a few years ago looking shockingly well-preserved”!

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  • oman28

    It’s not food

    • MeatBurgler

      Damn right…. And I still eat it sometimes… Just get a craving for premature death and the taste of fecesbeef. Mmmm.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not food

  • MeatBurgler

    Damn right…. And I still eat it sometimes… Just get a craving for premature death and the taste of fecesbeef. Mmmm.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Wow. That must be some pretty vile sh*t if bacteria won’t even eat the stuff. It’d put you in mind of that poem:

    JUDGED BY THE COMPANY ONE KEEPS

    Anonymous

    One night in late October,
    When I was far from sober,
    Returning with my load with manly pride,
    My feet began to stutter
    So I lay down in the gutter
    And a pig came near and lay down by my side.
    A lady passing by was heard to say:
    “You can tell a man who boozes
    By the company he chooses,”
    And the pig got up, and slowly walked away

  • Anonymous

    Wow. That must be some pretty vile sh*t if bacteria won’t even eat the stuff. It’d put you in mind of that poem:

    JUDGED BY THE COMPANY ONE KEEPS

    Anonymous

    One night in late October,
    When I was far from sober,
    Returning with my load with manly pride,
    My feet began to stutter
    So I lay down in the gutter
    And a pig came near and lay down by my side.
    A lady passing by was heard to say:
    “You can tell a man who boozes
    By the company he chooses,”
    And the pig got up, and slowly walked away

  • Tchoutoye

    Sterile is the term, not immortal. It’s clearly devoid of life.

  • Anonymous

    Sterile is the term, not immortal. It’s clearly devoid of life.

  • A Bad Joke

    Are we cursed to see this every 2 weeks?

    • http://disinfo.com/ Majestic

      Yes, until some mold finally shows up on the Happy Meal ;-)

      Actually, sorry, I didn’t know that someone had already posted a story about this to disinfo.com — but it does illustrate that there has been absolutely no change to the “food” in the interim!

    • Liam_McGonagle

      On the other hand this definitely constitutes proof that there is no left wing conspiracy on Disinformation. If they don’t even coordinate to the extent to make sure there are no duplicate postings, there can hardly be a sinister hierarchy of ruthless propoganda agents behind it!

      Or is this just another plant in order to lull me into taking my guard down? . . . .

  • A Bad Joke

    Are we cursed to see this every 2 weeks?

  • http://disinfo.com Majestic

    Yes, until some mold finally shows up on the Happy Meal ;-)

    Actually, sorry, I didn’t know that someone had already posted a story about this to disinfo.com — but it does illustrate that there has been absolutely no change to the “food” in the interim!

  • Anonymous

    On the other hand this definitely constitutes proof that there is no left wing conspiracy on Disinformation. If they don’t even coordinate to the extent to make sure there are no duplicate postings, there can hardly be a sinister hierarchy of ruthless propoganda agents behind it!

    Or is this just another plant in order to lull me into taking my guard down? . . . .

  • Ironaddict06

    Lets look at this in a positive light. Say there is another terroist attack, that knocks out electricity for a couple of months. You can load up on Happy Meals that will last months, for you to eat.

  • Ironaddict06

    Lets look at this in a positive light. Say there is another terroist attack, that knocks out electricity for a couple of months. You can load up on Happy Meals that will last months, for you to eat.

  • Cerebralcaustic

    Guess what, haters? Tests show that homemade burgers don’t rot either:

    Science FTW!

    http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/11/the-burger-lab-revisiting-the-myth-of-the-12-year-old-burger-testing-results.html

  • Anonymous

    Yummy! That looks like a good old fashion US Navy slider!
    Went to war on food that looks like that….
    One of the primary reasons we won in order to get the hell home for some real cook’n

  • Guest

    Yummy! That looks like a good old fashion US Navy slider!
    Went to war on food that looks like that….
    One of the primary reasons we won in order to get the hell home for some real cook’n

  • Tabbykangaroo

    Who cares if it rots or not ?
    You should know it will do nothing but make you FAT.

  • Tabbykangaroo

    Who cares if it rots or not ?
    You should know it will do nothing but make you FAT.

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