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McDonald's Happy Meal bought six months ago still shows no sign of mould

by 11/10/2010 14:46:05 0 comments 1641 Views

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:46 AM on 12th October 2010


Looking almost as fresh as the day it was bought, this McDonald's Happy Meal is in fact a staggering six months old.

Photographed every day for the past half a year by Manhattan artist Sally Davies the kids meal of fries and burger is without a hint of mould or decay.

Entitled 'The Happy Meal Project', Mrs Davies, 54, has charted the seemingly indestructible fast food meals progress as it refuses to yield to the forces of nature.

Fresh: The Happy Meal on the day it was bought by artist Sally Davies in New York

Fresh: The Happy Meal on the day it was bought by artist Sally Davies in New York

Tasty: Looking a little dry and with an 'acrylic sheen', but the burger has no signs of mould

Tasty: Looking a little dry and with an 'acrylic sheen', but the burger has no signs of mould - not even on the bun

Sitting on a shelf in her apartment, Sally has watched the Happy Meal with increasing shock and even her dogs have resisted the urge to try and steal a free tasty snack.

'I bought the meal on April 10 of this year and brought it home with the express intention of leaving it out to see how it fared,' she said.

'I chose McDonald's because it was nearest to my house, but the project could have been about any other of the myriad of fast food joints in New York.

'The first thing that struck me on day two of the experiment was that it no longer emitted any smell.

'And then the second point of note was that on the second day, my dogs stopped circling the shelf it was sitting on trying to see what was up there.'

Fast food: Five months into the experiment, and although the burger patty has shrunk a bit it doesn't look that different to the original

Fast food: Five months into the experiment, and although the burger patty has shrunk a bit it doesn't look that different to the original

Worrying: More than three months in and the usual effects of time appear to have had no impact

Worrying: More than three months in and the usual effects of time appear to have had no impact

Expecting the food to begin moulding after a few days, Mrs Davies' surprise turned to shock as the fries and burger still had not shown any signs of decomposition after two weeks.

'It was then that I realised that something strange might be going on with this food that I had bought,' she explained.

'The fries shrivelled slightly as did the burger patty, but the overall appearance of the food did not change as the weeks turned to months.

'And now, at six months old, the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it.

'The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock.'

Tucking in: Mrs Davies bought the Happy Meal and put it on a shelf in her home. She said even her dogs are no longer interested in eating it

Tucking in: Mrs Davies bought the Happy Meal and put it on a shelf in her home. She said even her dogs are no longer interested in eating it

Even though she is a vegan, Mrs Davies' experiment has brought her amusement rather than fear.   

'I don't really see this experiment as scary, I see it almost as an amusement,' she said.

'Although, I would be frightened at seeing this if I was a meat eater. Why hasn't even the bun become speckled with mould? It is odd.'

When asked if their food was not biodegradable, McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud said: 'This is nothing more than an outlandish claim and is completely false.'

It comes after Denver grandmother Joann Bruso left a Happy Meal to decay for a year until March to highlight the nutritional dangers of fast food.

Morgan Spurlock also made the film Super Size Me in 2004 charting the changes to his body eating just fast food for 28 days had.

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There's also a story I heard about the corpse of someone who ate nothing but convenience foods. Apparently the insides stayed the same for ages because of the food preservatives the person had ingested whilst they were alive.

- G. Forshaw, Preston, Lancs, 12/10/2010 06:38

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I cannot see the point of this experiment. Happy meals should be eaten fresh and they taste OK to me. Is the "artist" saying that they should not contain preservatives? If so, they would be rotten before they were even cooked.

- Lord Gaga, Pattaya City, Royal Kingdom of Thailand, 12/10/2010 06:37

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6 months is nothing. There was a newspaper article a while back where a McD burger was monitored for more than a *decade* without it decomposing.

- Mark, Herts, 12/10/2010 06:24

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They do this in middle school science classrooms all the time over here. Put a McDonalds meal in one tupperware and a homemade burger in fries in the other and after the whole year ones a green mess and the other is untouched by time.

- Helen, Petaluma, CA United States, 12/10/2010 06:04

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ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! That is it with McDonalds for me!

- VKara, Manchester, 12/10/2010 06:01

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Doesn't look very happy to me.

Moral of this story, Eternal youth does not bring happiness

- Macavity, English Ex Pat., Dandong, China, 12/10/2010 05:17

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