Why This 6-Year-Old McDonald’s Happy Meal Has Gone Viral


(Photo: McDonalds)

An abominable image of a six-year-old McDonald’s Happy Meal is circulating the Internet, and its content may or may not surprise you!

Jennifer Lovdahl of Anchorage, AK recently posted an image of what appears to be a chicken nugget and fries Happy Meal that was purchased on January 8, 2010. On first thought, you might be wondering what the f*ck Jennifer is doing with a six-year-old Happy Meal. On second thought, you might be greatly intrigued.

The image, which was uploaded to Lovdahl’s Facebook and has since been shared over 250,000 times, shows a snapshot of the Happy Meal that was taken on February 3, 2016. The six-year-old chicken nuggets and bag of fries appear perfectly intact, with no signs of mold or decay.

According to Lovdahl, “It's been 6 years since I bought this ‘Happy Meal’ at McDonald's. It's been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard.”

Lovedahl, who owns her own chiropractic office in Alaska, saved the happy meal as an experiment to show her patients how unhealthy fast food can be. Her advice? “Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery….those are real fast food.”

Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time a meal from McDonald’s has been preserved for show. In 2009, a man from Iceland purchased a burger and fries before the fast food chain closed all its restaurants in the country. The burger was first displayed in a museum for one year, then transferred to a hostel where it was filmed with a live webcam for trackable changes. Similar to Lovdahl’s nuggets, the burger has since shown no sign of decay.

While McDonald’s has not directly addressed the image, their FAQs section explains why their food sometimes fails to decompose. “Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form. You might have seen experiments which seem to show no decomposition in our food. Most likely, this is because the food has dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur.”

Take the Golden Arches’ explanation with a grain of salt, as the high amount of preservatives and sodium probably play an even bigger role in their food’s everlasting state!