An artist's experiment has uncovered a disturbing fact: After six months of being left out in the open air, a McDonald's Happy Meal has yet to grow even a dot of mold on it.
Sally Davies, an artist and photographer from New York City, started the experiment when a friend said he thought even the most processed burger would start to rot after a few days of being left out on a counter. Davies had heard of a woman who kept a McDonald's burger for 12 years without it changing at all, so she decided to prove her skeptical friend wrong by taking daily pictures of a Happy Meal until it began to decompose.
Six months later, the burger-and-fries combo hasn't rotted. "The only change I can see is that it has become as hard as a rock," Davies told UK newspaper The Daily Mail. She first began noticing disturbing things about the burger long before the six-month mark, however.
"The first thing that struck me on day two of the experiment was that it no longer emitted any smell," she said. "And then the second point of note was that on the second day, my dogs stopped circling the shelf it was sitting on, trying to see what was up there."
As if we needed any more reasons not to eat McDonald's food.
See Davies' Happy Meal photographs here.