Introducing the world’s oldest hamburger at 14 years old, and counting!
The debate about fast food being bad for your health has been going around for as long as anyone can remember, kind of like the issue about plastic surgery or human cloning. For David Whipple from Utah, actions speak louder than words. In 1999, he bought a McDonald’s hamburger to keep for a month just to show friends how much preservative was in it that it would still look the same after.
The hamburger fossil was unveiled on a TV show called The Doctors (the same one that the real life Ken dollwas featured on) where he told the story of how it all began. “I was showing some people how enzymes work and I thought a hamburger would be a good idea. And I used it for a month and then I forgot about it.”
And so, “It ended up in a paper sack in the original sack with the receipt in my coat pocket tossed in the back of my truck and it sat there for, I don’t know, two or three months.”
“My wife didn’t discover it until at least a year or two after that. And we pulled it out and said “Oh my gosh. I can’t believe it looks the same way.”‘
The most bizzare part is that not only does it still look the same from 14 years ago, the burger also had no signs of mold, fungus or even a strange odour as observed by the show’s hosts. Only the pickle had disintegrated.
What does McDonald’s have to say about it? Well, according to environmental news website, Grist, there’s a scientific explanation:
“In the example of a McDonald’s hamburger, the patty loses water in the form of steam during the cooking process. The bun, of course, is made out of bread. Toasting it reduces the amount of moisture. This means that after preparation, the hamburger is fairly dry. When left out open in the room, there is further water loss as the humidity within most buildings is around 40%. So in the absence of moisture or high humidity, the hamburger simply dries out, rather than rot.“
For David Whipple, the burger is now like a prized trophy for him to show his grandchildren to encourage them to eat healthily. “It’s great for my grandkids to see. To see what happens with fast food.”
Source: The Daily Mail, TIME.com