six months ago, new york city-based artist and photographer sally davies, started the “happy meal project.” she initiated the project to prove a friend wrong. he believed that any burger would mold or rot within two or three days of being left on a counter.
“I told my friend about a schoolteacher who’s kept a mcdonald’s burger for 12 years that hasn’t changed at all, and he didn’t believe me when I told him about it. he thought I was crazy and said I shouldn’t believe everything that I read, so I decided to try it myself.”
Wellness and nutrition educator karen hanrahan has indeed kept a mcdonald’s hamburger since 1996 to show clients and students how resistant fast food can be to decomposition. should we be worried?
davies is also considering keeping her experiment going for a long time. “it ceased giving off any sort of odor after 24 hours,” she said, adding: “you have to see this thing.”