Have you ever cleaned out your refrigerator or pantry and found a really old piece of food?
You know what I’m talking about - Oreo cookies that have gone from black and white to all green, slices of mold-dripping bread, milk that smells like it was bottled at the sulfur mine.
Usually, we have a knack for knowing when to toss away food that’s about to go bad. But sometimes, we completely forget about it until we encounter quite a surprise.
That’s what happened to David Whipple, a Utah native who discovered an old hamburger in his coat pocket. How old was that burger? Let’s just say it was cooked when Bill Clinton was president.
Watch the video above to hear about the ancient burger and the surprising condition it was in.
McDonald's has issued a response to the story, saying, "McDonald’s hamburgers are freshly prepared in our restaurants. While not knowing the conditions in which the food was kept in this specific claim, what is scientifically known is that in bacteria and mold only grow under certain conditions.
For example, without sufficient moisture – either in the food itself or the environment in which it is held – bacteria and mold and associated decomposition, is unlikely. If food is/or becomes dry enough, it won’t grow mold or bacteria. In fact, any food purchased from a restaurant or grocery store or prepared at home that lacks moisture would also dehydrate and see similar results if left in the same environment.
McDonald's hamburger patties in the U.S. are made with 100% USDA-inspected beef. They are cooked and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else – no preservatives – no fillers. Our hamburger buns are made from North American-grown wheat flour. These are the same foods that people buy every day in their local grocery stores."
Sounds like a hoax. Assuming he had his jacket cleaned at least every few years, the burger would have dissolved in the laundry solution. But then I am not familiar with McDonalds food items.
Humidity is very low in Utah. If it sat out as a part of a display for three weeks it would have dried out. All this fuss over a dried out hamburger. LOL
Add to that the bactericidal effects of salt. This is a millenniums old custom if preserving meat, salt curing.
Since he's from Utah, he probably has lots of 14-year-old things. Like his wife.
Wow, youre a huge douche.
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I would eat it for free, but I would just get as much money as I could out of it. Why not?
Pay me in 1000 24k gold coins. Then I will eat that burger like a starving hippo.
You pay for the hamburger then I will eat it.
I get worried about bread that does no go bad or moldy after 3 weeks.
I have had the same result from both off the shelf bagged bread and even fresh baked bread that was kept in a semi-dry environment – the space under the seats in my parents mini-van while growing up. It dries out, but still looks like bread.
The disgusting part of McDonalds is generally not the food anymore, it's the eating habits of those who still eat there.
Nothing to Rot, it's dry as a bone...it's MUMMIFIED
It makes me feel TUT.
That burger doesn't look a day over 9 years old! I would need to see the receipt to believe it! What a (Ray) crock!
how much would I have to be paid? That depends on where it was from. If it were from a fast food chain, I'd want enough money to become the controlling interest shareholder and force them to make their food healthier
WHERE'S THE BEEF ??
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But as a poor college student... I would eat it for a meeeeeeelion.
Not even worms ate that burger why would you?
My husbands buddy has had a cheeseburger sitting on the shelf in his garage for at least 9 years.. It's always the joke of every get-to-gether to see who will eat it!
There's not enough money in the world to get me to eat ANYTHING from McDonalds!
Agreed. McDonalds has no actual food that I ever eat. Until recently I thought they had some breakfast but they changed the Egg McMuffin, and that was the end of that. Ick.
Great. Now McD's is going to fold because two people have boycotted it. Oh, the humanity.
I think all you need to do is watch (Super Size Me) at: http://www.hulu.com/watch/63283
That's nothing. I found a 75 year old sausage in my pants. Smelt like it, too.
I would for a date with Angie Everhart
Both the burger and Angie were in their prime 12 years ago...
You should see the curly fries in the other pocket and the strawberry shake in his shoes!
Oow how is this even possible, anyway how is the burger's out look now.???
was it horse meat hee hee
Too bad they don't make light bulbs
Hmmm, I am sure it will take longer to expunge all the nasty stuff after consuming it.
I think CNN need to better then that. I was able to guess few thing before clicking on the link
and CNN call this news???
I think it's funny how they didn't mention that it was all the preservatives in the food that keep mold from growing on it.. that thing is pumped full of junk..
wrong. 100% beef.
enlighten yourself: http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/11/the-burger-lab-revisiting-the-myth-of-the-12-year-old-burger-testing-results.html
When you order at McDonalds (or any other fast food) the beef patty you get is NOT 100% ground beef and nothing else. If you look close at the advertising, it will say MADE WITH 100% ground beef, or, in McDonalds case: 100% pure beef IN our burgers. That is legalese for the beef we add to our patties is real beef, but in no way tells the consumer what % of the patty is, in fact, ground beef. The rest of the patty is beef byproduct (the undesirables and scraps from the carcass) mixed with chemicals. When a lab performed an analysis on Taco Bell's meat it came back as being about 65% actual meat. Why would a lab lie about their findings? I think Taco Bell's PR covered that up real quick. Even the ground beef you buy at the majority of supermarkets are not 100% beef. Next time you buy your ground beef at the store there is an ingredients list on the meat. The way to get around this is to shop at quality butchers and/or have the butcher grind a whole piece of meat that you have selected. TL;DR fast food burgers are not 100% beef.
McDonalds hamburgers are advertised as a 100 percent beef patty with no fillers or additives. The myth of McDonalds hamburgers has been debunked on more than one occasion (Snopes, etc). It might not be good, but it is all beef.
I see Jesus' face in the patty.
If it's on the internet, it must be true.
Perhaps this will one day become an exhibit at the Smithsonian, a good example of a fast good product that is so bad that is survives the test of time. What is next with McDonalds? Fries that will improve with age?
Where's the ketchup? Cheese? Pickle? It's odd that someone got a plain burger.
You can obviously see the remains of the ketchup on the bun.
My husband orders them plain!! ;)
Why the hell would someone ever put a burger in their pocket to begin with? Hamburglar?
I wonder if it's older than the one Jason from the Howard Stern show has on the shelf in his office? They talked about it recently and said how it looks exactly the same as it did the day they put it up there.
Kramer on Seinfeld ate a hotdog just as old he would probably eat it.
Looks like one of McDonalds old leather burgers.
I have a can of Coca Cola from 1988 he can drink when he eats the burger...
I believe it because I know how these fast food meat processors operate and I know what you get at one of these places is certainly not fresh or even close to whole fresh meat any more.,
it is what is called a highly rendered meat product.,
which means that it is less than dog food grade meat scraps and horrible pieces of fleash which is also disinfected with ammonia and litteraly washed and pre cooked into a shape which is on all their burgers and in their nuggets.
This is no different then the burger that I cooked that was made out of fresh 100% ground beef that I know is fully beef and not a mixture of crap. Placed it with a burger from Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's and a small mom and pop restaurant. All the burgers look the same after 9 months so far and no evidence at all that that would change. So there is no conspiracy that added crap causes the meat to not go bad.
It's mummified, that's all, wrapped in cloth and packed away it dried out which prevented decap.. same thing would happen to one you make yourself at home.
I do not believe this for a second. No way that is more than 14 days old. I guess mold spores do not exist in in this man's pocket. What a bunch of BS.
For those who are saying this is not real because there is no mold. It was in Utah. Those of us who live in dry climates almost never see mold. If we leave bread out it is dry like a rock in 4 hours. Dry stuff does not mold.
actually, mcdonalds burgers have so much preservatives in it they dont grow mold. For a research project we did. we actually places mold spores onto the patty just to see if anything would grow. Nothing.
Was that after or before you cook the burger?
They already tested this myth and when you cook food, what you removing is the water inside the food. No water no mold.
Two obese Patty's, special Ross, Lester B picking bunions on a Sesame Street Bus.
LMAO! So gross ! Just shows you how disgusting and processed fast food is. Full of chemicals and preservatives. No thanks !
"Two obese Patty's, special Ross, Lester B picking bunions on a Sesame Street Bus"
OMG!! Too funny!!!!
Nah, it's okay CNN, there's not any other more pressing new topics or issues to be discussed.
That's original. It's more than a "hard news" site. Please show me a single network news site that doesn't have these types of stories?
meanwhile ketchup onion and mustard demand justice, pickle abides and lettuce can't be found..
I live in Miles City, MT and we have doughnut in our museum that was fried in 1864 before the owner went off to the Civil War. I kid you not.
Hahaha! That's awesome!
We're having a big party next April for the 150th with free, freshly made doughnuts. If you are ever in Eastern Montana, drop by and it.
wasn't there a sitcom that was similar to this? first episode, some kid eats a really old fastfood burger, dies and his ghost haunts his friend...
I'm gonna about tree fiddy
+1 sir. Well played.
The only way I would eat that burger is if that person paid for my medical bills as soon as I get sick and then give me a meeeeelion dollars times 2. Then and ONLY THEN I MIGHT eat that burger, but it would be under further consideration. :)
Don't hold your breath.
So wish I had kept the McDonalds Sundae that I forgot in my desk from 18 years ago. Co-worker wanted to steal it, so I hid the thing during lunch. Found it when I cleaned the desk out when I left seven years later. It was in the bottom drawer, back dried in the shape of the sundae chocolate syrup and all. Frightening what this food looks like later. The ice cream resembled Alpine Lace Swiss cheese. Maybe funeral homes should use McD's to embalm us.
My experience with Ice cream goes back to when I worked on weekends at the Drive In movie complex cleaning up the trash people had thrown out their window during the movie. More than once I ran across ice cream bars people had thrown away. It amazed me that the ice crream had melted, but retained perfect shape. The ice cream bars contained so much artificial stuff that the bar would have lasted for an eternity.
that burger is still fresher then McDonald's burger at noon today.
Its fresher than any burger behind the counter at most McDonalds.
Fourteen years is impressive, but I have that beat. My family and I have been passing around a McD's cheeseburger for the past 20 years. Somewhere along the way we had to encase it in plexiglass to keep it from disintegrating. Still has the original wrapper and everything.
Clearly he can throw out the piece of clothing if he hasn't worn it in 14 years. It was just taking up space in the closet. Question, why was the burger bought only to never be eaten? Does he not know there are starving kids across the globe..
He bought more than one and saved the other for later. Way later.
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