You may not want fries — or any fast food — after reading this shocking story: A New York-based artist photographed a McDonald’s Happy Meal every day for a half a year only to discover that it didn’t decompose. At all. Gross!
You’re digging around in the back of your car and suddenly you find a few perfectly preserved french fries stuffed under your child’s car seat. Does this sound familiar, HollyMoms? Sure, it’s a souvenir from your last quick trip through the McDonald’s drive-thru, but did you know that those Happy Meals your kids love will probably last longer than the toy prize they come with? Disgusting but true.
Manhattan-based artist Sally Davies decided to see what would happen if she left the hamburger and fries from the popular kids’ meal sit out for six months. Calling her experiment “The Happy Meal Project,” the 54-year-old snapped a picture of the food every single day for half a year.
“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 tells Britain’s Daily Mail. “The first thing that struck me on day 2 of the experiment was that it no longer emitted any smell.” By day 2, her dogs had also lost interest in trying to snag a fast-food fix, and stopped sniffing around the shelf that the Happy Meal sat on.
After two weeks, she became suspicious because the Happy Meal appeared virtually the same as the day she purchased it. “It was then that I realized that something strange might be going on with this food,” she says. Sure, the fries shriveled up a little bit, as did the burger patty, but the bun showed no signs of decay or even mold. How is that possible?
“And now, at six months old, the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it,” reveals the artist. “The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock. Why hasn’t the bun become speckled with mold? It is odd.”
Odd indeed. And when contacted for comment about their seemingly indestructible food, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud called the claims “outlandish and completely false.”
So after reading this, will you still let your kids eat a Happy Meal?