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Does McDonald’s rot? Farmer selling six-year-old cheeseburger and fries

Determined to put the urban legend that food from McDonald’s doesn’t rot to the test, on June 7, 2012, farmer Dave Alexander sent his daughter to their local Golden Arches to buy a cheeseburger and fries.

Now, more than six years later, guess what?

While it is of paramount importance that no one eats it, the delicious, greasy feed actually still looks pretty appetising.

As Time – who spoke to Alexander about his experiment – have put it, “the burger lost all of its moisture, and the cheese turned more of a light brown colour” but from a distance of a little over a metre, you could be fooled into thinking the grub had been purchased that very day.

In fact, “the fries look almost exactly the same”.

To help give this ‘experiment’ a little more scientific clout, a year after he purchased the Macca’s feed, he also set up a home-made burger and fries to see what would happen to them.

So, after five years, what’s happened to the control?

“The homemade fries just look like little bits of stone,” he told Time. “And the McDonald’s are perfect looking.”

As for why has his experiment has come to the fore now, it’s because the Ontario, Canadian native is moving – and since moving is one of the best times for someone to de-clutter their house, Alexander has decided it’s probably time he got rid of the inedible if un-rotten fast food.

As such, he put his experiment on eBay with a starting price of for $29.99. That had grown to as much as $58 (evidence some people will buy just about anything), before eBay put the kibosh on the auction.

Specifically, the e-commerce corporation decided that since the food didn’t come with an expiry date on it, it could not be sold on their platform.

While he’s got a point – “restaurant food doesn’t come with an expiry date” – he’s probably barking up the wrong tree by imploring “EVERYONE to contact eBay about this”.

Because in the grand scheme of the world’s problems, it doesn’t seem like a man making $60 by selling six-year-old McDonald’s is worth anyone else getting pissed off about.

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