Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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?
Posted by Langston Wertz Jr. at 3:18 PM