Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Whoa, Happy Meal doesn't decompose....after 171 days




Think about this the next time you want to give the kids a little Ronald McDonald love:

A British newspaper reports
that a New York photographer named Sally Davies conducted a little experiment in the post "Supersize Me" world.

Unlike Morgan Spurlock, who ate McDonald's for days on end -- and risked his health -- in a popular feature film, Davies decided to take a picture of a McDonald's Happy Meal every day for months to see what would happen.

And not much happened.

Davies' "The Happy Meal Project" has gone viral.

"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."

On day two, Davies said, the food lost its familiar smell of McDonald's goodness. Her dogs stopped circling near the shelf where she kept it.

Davies thought the food would mold. After two weeks, it still looked just as fresh as when the workers dropped it in that little white bag.

"It was then that I realised that something strange might be going on with this food that I had bought," she told the newspaper. "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."

After six months, she said the food is hard like plastic with an "acrylic sheen to it."

Anyone else ready for a Big Mac and fries?

28 comments:

A.J. said...

this is just terrible!!! the gov't needs to step in and prohibit us from eating this crizzud!!!

Alexis said...

High five, America! Check this out: http://early-onset-of-night.tumblr.com/post/1206666159/say-hello-to-mechanically-separated-chicken-its

Greg and Kathy Streuber said...

You liberal whackos never cease to amaze me. Yesterday on AOL/ABC news it was "We are all going to die from airplanes fling over us", today its Happy Meals. I really believe that suicide is a good for you people. One mass "lets drink the kool-aid" and all of your stupid, and I do mean stupid, worries about happy meals and airplanes are gone.

chaz said...

Its a good thing we chew our food and let our stomach acids break the rest down.

Anonymous said...

So did you really expect to see it decompose sitting on a shelf? That's not how decomposition works. I'm not advocating fast food, but this isn't even remotely close to a scientific experiment. But then what would you expect from someone who believes everything they read or see on the internet.

Anonymous said...

Greg, its ok to know the facts. I didn't read anything in the article saying this was a killer and needed to be stopped. Instead I read about how a happy meal really doesn't decompose much over a 6 month period. And you and I can make our own decisions about whether or not we want to eat it. It is what it is. Relax.

Anonymous said...

This is a good example of why humanities majors should stick to composing pictures not trying to analyzing the science behind the subject matter. The ignorant media person got it wrong. Why am I not surprised. One should never substitute attitude for knowledge- well unless you are a tea party member or maybe blonde. Is the photographer chickie blonde maybe?

Anonymous said...

Way to overreact, Greg and Kathy Streuber.

Anonymous said...

That's nasty...glad I gave up McD's a year ago!

Anonymous said...

Greg and Kathy Streuber - Thank you!

This dribble drives me nuts. Plain and simple people. If you do not want/like the product then purchase something else. Better yet, just leave.

Suck it up people and quite being a bunch of ussypies.

Nameless said...

I put a green leaf in a book in 7th grade. After 30 years it is flat but still green. I really don't see the big deal. There are many foods that the Indians preserved for decades or hundreds of years simply by 'air drying'. Salted pork was eaten for long ship voyages. What has more salt than fast food! Sorry Langston, no surprises in this story.

Anonymous said...

So aside from all the hate comments, doesn't anyone find it interesting that after spending 6 months on an unrefrigerated shelf, not under an air tight seal, or with any other protection, this food did not mold, apparently did not develop any bad odors, or become infested with maggots? Apparently it is so pumped full of preservatives that NOTHING can get to it...

Anonymous said...

Of course it doesn't decompose. It's full of preservatives, hormones, MSG, and high fructose corn syrup. I bet those people dying of heart attacks from all those Big Macs and Whoppers, they're probably in their caskets and aren't decomposing either

Anonymous said...

The room was heavily air conditioned. Meat rots at room temp. Obviously no flies landed on it either or it would be a maggoty mess. This is as stupid as that guy who ate nothing by McDonald's for every meal for a month for a film. Here's a news flash. All restaurant food is bad for you! It's full of salt, even the veggies and vegetarian fare. That's why it tastes so good. If you eat out in the finest restaurant every meal for a month, you'll be in just as bad a shape as you would be eating at McDonalds. Restaurant food is deadly. I travel a lot. When I come home from a trip, even if I eat "healthy," I've gained weight and I feel like cr@p.

Anonymous said...

Um, I'll have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I'm sorry, make that a peanut butter and *spreadable fruit* sandwich, please.

Joshua said...

Good lord Greg! Just catch you're best friend with Kathy or something? Take it down a notch! That kinda stress is worse for you than eating McDonalds every day!

Anonymous said...

Gosh according to this silly science McDonalds is the best diet in the world. There will be no calories absorbed. You eat this stuff it doesn't break down, it just passes right through. Think of it all the nutritional scientists in the world have been wrong. A photographer from New York has proven that McDonalds fast food is inert.

Anonymous said...

I hate liberals, and loathe democrats who voted for hope and change.

We are gun toting right wing tea party lovers...

but we do not feed our children McDonalds.

that's the for the "obama gonna pay for our gas and pay for our mortgage"
democrat crowd...more insane liberals inbreeding or infighting or what ever.

oh yeah.......... on the tax payers dime....

Anonymous said...

A.J. said...
this is just terrible!!! the gov't needs to step in and prohibit us from eating this crizzud!!!


That's probably the stupidest comment I've heard. You want the government to step and prohibit you from eating McDonald's? Can you not make that decision on your own?

Takeadeepbreath said...

Time to take your valium, fellas!

The article simply stated that a food product didn't decompose/spoil and the wingnuts have to make this a political issue.

Anonymous said...

If you take a really hard look at the pics--completely different burger ( look and the bun) and definately different fries---you all got worked up over a hoax--and those that want the the government to do something......Hope and Change means get a job and get off the welfare system. Im tired of paying for your tasty happy meals, your houses, your cars etc

Anonymous said...

There are only a handful of places around the world where good food and politics mix just fine, the Observer's page isn't one of them...And the rest of US for that matter, unfortunately..!

Anonymous said...

To the first anonymous comment...While I agree that total decomposition wouldn't happen in that setting, I do believe that at least some slight mold would start to grow. or SOMETHING. It seems very strange that nothing appears to have happened except some slightly shriveled French fries.

Anonymous said...

my guess is someone ate that happy meal and realized their error and bought a new one... then repeated the process every day for a few months and didnt tell the person running the experiemnt until they finally replaced it with plastic fries and hamburger from ToysRUS...LOL

this is by far the DUMBEST experiemnt and this person is an idiot trying to get attention... anyon who beleives this RUBBISH is also a moron...

A.J. said...

Haha...I was kidding, Anonymous. sorry you didn't pick up on the excessive exclamation points and me using the "crizzud" moniker.

Anonymous said...

A lot of negative comments. Probably McDonalds marketing team trying to save their precious reputation :)

I'm never eating McDonalds again. This is just wrong!

Kent B said...

I am just wandering if any of you complaining have a job or career ? Because it seems that too many of you have wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much time on your hands ! Quit complaining about it and go out side and do something creative . show your kids or your elders down the road how to do something or go to the science museum and learn something QUIT COMPLAINING .

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