The article talks about the results of an experiment by a nutritionist who bought a Happy Meal, saved it for a year and blogged about the state of the food. Here’s the WTF from the nutritionist’s “Happy Birthday to My Happy Meal” blog post:
My Happy Meal is one year old today and it looks pretty good. It NEVER smelled bad. The food did NOT decompose. It did NOT get moldy, at all.
You have to look at the before and after photos. It really is a WTF moment. The french fries in particular look exactly the same. For those who don’t think that’s gross, she writes:
Food is SUPPOSED to decompose, go bad and smell foul…eventually. When I was a kid, I remember our garbage pail for the left over food scraps was kept by our back door. After a couple of days, flies deposited their larvae (maggots) in the meat. When I would lift the lid, I would see the recently hatched maggots wiggling on the putrid mess. A fly never bothered to land on the tiny hamburger patty on my office shelf.
In fact, she says, no ants, mice or bugs touched the food. I mean, really, if rodents and bugs don’t eat it, shouldn’t we be a bit concerned?