Rumor: 14-year-old McDonald's burger remains intact

A burger bought in 1999 has retained its original shape and looks the same as when it was purchased.

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McDonald's burger bought in 1999 retains original shape

According to a report by the Daily Mail, Utah resident David Whipple says he kept a McDonald's hamburger he bought in 1999, and the sandwich remains preserved and looks exactly the same as the day it was purchased. Whipple even has the receipt to prove it.

At first, the burger was intended to be part of a simple experiment. Whipple, who spoke over the phone on a recorded episode of the TV show "The Doctors," said he bought the burger and kept it for a month to show some friends how preservatives worked, but then forgot about it.

"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," he recalls.

The coat then got stored away and Whipple promptly forgot about it for two years.

When his wife later found the burger in the coat closet of their Logan, Utah, home, she and her husband were shocked. Except for the pickle, which had disintegrated, the burger looked exactly the same. So she and Whipple decided to see how long it would last.

As the hosts of "The Doctors" explained, the burger has no smell, no mold and no fungus.

McDonald's responds

A McDonald's spokeswoman responded to a request for comment from MSN News in an email statement:

"McDonald's hamburger patties in the U.S. are made with 100% USDA-inspected beef. They are cooked and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else - no preservatives - no fillers. Our hamburger buns are made from North American-grown wheat flour. These are the same foods that people buy every day in their local grocery stores."

“McDonald’s hamburgers are freshly prepared in our restaurants. While not knowing the conditions in which the food was kept in this specific claim, what is scientifically known is that in bacteria and mold only grow under certain conditions. For example, without sufficient moisture – either in the food itself or the environment in which it is held – bacteria and mold and associated decomposition, is unlikely. If food is/or becomes dry enough, it won’t grow mold or bacteria.  In fact, any food purchased from a restaurant or grocery store or prepared at home that lacks moisture would also dehydrate and see similar results if left in the same environment."

Burger on eBay

According to DixieSunNews, the burger even made a brief appearance on eBay. At one point it reportedly garnered a bid close to $2,000. However, Whipple and his family decided not to sell because of the educational value.

"It's great for my grandkids to see," Whipple said. "To see what happens with fast food."

Or, more accurately, what doesn't happen.

 

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