McDonald’s Hamburger Looks the Same After 14 Years [Video]

NEW YORK | Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 11:19pm EDT

David Whipple bought a McDonald’s hamburger on July 7, 1999, and now, 14 years laters, it looks absolutely the same.

Even with all of the healthy options out there for people on the go who just want something quick and easy, a fast-food hamburger can not only satisfy the appetite, but also be easy on the wallet.  However, you should probably think twice before getting one of those.

As a McDonald’s hamburger , that was boughts in 1999 by a Utah man has unearthed a McDonald’s hamburger he bought in 1999 – looks exactly the same as the day it was first flipped.

David Whipple, 63, hadn’t intended to store the food object for over a decade but decided to after accidentally finding it two years after making the purchase.

David Whipple, from Utah, had originally planned to keep the burger for two months in order to show friends how its preservatives would maintain its appearance.

“It wasn’t on purpose,” Mr Whipple told US television show The Doctors.

“It was nothing real scientific,” Whipple said. “We were talking about enzymes and we knew what a good food like a banana would do but weren’t sure what a hamburger would do.”

Two weeks later, Whipple got his answer. The burger’s pickles and onion toppings had begun to shrink but the bun and hamburger “looked exactly the same,” he said.

“I was showing some people how enzymes work and I thought a hamburger would be a good idea. And I used it for a month and then forgot about it.

“It ended up in a paper sack in the original sack with the receipt in my coat tossed in the back of my truck and it sat there for, I don’t know, two or three months.”

In fact it turned out the burger had somehow been preserved in good condition for 14 years, with one of the only casualties being a disintegrated pickle.

Mr. Whipple has no plans to part with his historic burger and has said he will show it to his grandchildren.

The father of seven and grandfather to 21 stuck the hamburger back in its wrapper and in his coat’s pocket and promptly forgot about it until, two years later, when his wife, Beverly, discovered it in his coat.

“We looked at it and said, ‘Oh, my gosh. It’s two years old, it looks like it’s brand new,’” he recalled.

“I said, ‘I wonder how long this thing is going to last?’”

He said his coat ended up in the coat closet of his Logan, Utah, home.

“My wife didn’t discover it until at least a year or two after that,'”he said. “And we pulled it out and said ‘oh my gosh. I can’t believe it looks the same way.'”

The burger had no signs of mold, fungus or even a strange odor, the show’s hosts said. The only thing that had changed over the years was that the pickle had disintegrated.

Whipple is not the first person to document what happens to a McDonald’s hamburger patty over time. New York City artist Sally Davies created the Happy Meal Project in which she posts a new picture every day to her Flickr account of the same burger and fries from a Happy Meal, says Yahoo! News.

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