April 24th, 2013
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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."

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  1. Sanfordfan

    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.

    May 31, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  2. skytag

    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

    May 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
    • al

      Add to that the bactericidal effects of salt. This is a millenniums old custom if preserving meat, salt curing.

      May 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
  3. Kyle

    Since he's from Utah, he probably has lots of 14-year-old things. Like his wife.

    May 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • owned

      Wow, youre a huge douche.

      June 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  4. Connie Heitmann

    One of the reasons niche blogging is better than general blogging is because if you choose a specific subject, that helps to establish you as an expert. Once people consider you an expert on a topic, they are more likely to visit your blog for the specific information you can provide.*`

    Good day to you

    May 8, 2013 at 12:27 am |
  5. iamthewalrus

    I would eat it for free, but I would just get as much money as I could out of it. Why not?

    April 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
  6. Is this where I type the name?

    Pay me in 1000 24k gold coins. Then I will eat that burger like a starving hippo.

    April 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  7. acer661

    You pay for the hamburger then I will eat it.

    April 29, 2013 at 11:04 am |
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