If you enjoy eating pork patties shaped into something they’re not or attempting to gorge yourself on 100 hamburgersin one sitting, McDonald’smight be your favorite eatery. And if that’s the case, there are a couple of things you should know.

For one, you should never watch how the company produces its chicken nuggets.Secondly, you should never think about how long it takes for the typical McDonald’s meal to decompose. The answer to both questions might just cause you to skip your next visit to the fast-food spot.

Jennifer Lovdahl, proprietor and operator of Balanced Health Chiropractic in Anchorage, Alaska, wrote on that she went to a McDonald’s in 2010, bought a Happy Meal, and then just sort of waited around for the next six years. Here was the result.

Her photos appears to make this a believable experiment, and that’s probably one reason the post has been shared more than 250,000 hours. The receipt, grease and all, is from Jan. 8, 2010, and the price of a Happy Meal these days is $3.29 rather than the $2.10 Lovdahl apparently expended six years ago. It also stimulates sense that Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is featured on the box, since that movie was released on Dec. 23, 2009.

Of course, it’s impossible to know for sure whether the food photographed was actually bought six years ago and then stored for the last 2,222 days or so, soSnopesrates Lovdahl’s assert as mostly false.

Either way, we should know by now that there are plenty of preservatives in the food served by McDonald’s. But the company also has addressed the question of why its food doesn’t rotting in anonline Q& A 😛 TAGEND

“Actually, it can. Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form. Without it, food is as simple as dry outsort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to attain croutons for stuffing. You might have considered experimentations which seem to show no rotting in our food. Most likely, this is because the food has dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur.”

So, truly, the photos, assuming they’re real, shouldn’t astonish anybody. Others have tried the same experimentation, with similar results, and as Snopes writes 😛 TAGEND

Most asserts about McDonald’s food failing to decompose were presented in the context of individuals’ having purchased food items specifically to evidence the phenomenon, but rarely( if ever) did such asserts provide much information about the conditions under which the experimentations were conducted. Moreover, ever fewer of them included one or more “control” samples of items bought at other outlets or made at home to rule out factors such as environmental or storage conditions as factors. Since most experimentations involved significant passages of hour and lacked control specimens, their probative value was significantly lessened .

In any case, going to McDonald’s on a regular basis isn’t healthy for your body. And watching the livestreamof Iceland’s last-ever McDonald’s mealwhich has yet to decompose at all, reallyis maybe a better route to expend your lunch hour.

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