A McDonald’s burger bought in 1995 and kept in an Australian shed for years has never decomposed.
According to two men who now refer to the quarter-century Quarter Pounder as their “mate”.
Casey Dean, 39, and Eduards Nits, 38, claim they ordered the Quarter Pounder with cheese from a McDonald’s outlet in Adelaide as teenagers and have hung onto it ever since.
Though the burger has shrunk a little from its original size, its shape remains intact, there are no signs of mould, and it doesn’t smell. Even the sesame seeds seem to still be there.
Dubbing it the “Senior Burger” and referring to it repeatedly as their “mate”, the men have created social media profiles for the burger and even wrote a song about it.
They believe it is the oldest known McDonald’s burger in the world, outranking a prominent decade-old cheeseburger displayed in a glass case in Iceland and live-streamed online to thousands of viewers.
Storage for the ancient Aussie burger has been rather less considered, though it has mostly been kept under lock and key in a box made of timber and cardboard.
That box spent about a decade jumbled up with clothing inside a shed in Adelaide, where temperatures regularly top 30 degrees Celsius in summer.
Casey Dean said rats had actually eaten through the plastic bag, heaps of clothes and got into the box, but they left the burger.
McDonald’s spokeswoman did not dispute the assertion, saying the question of why some of its burgers did not decay came up “from time to time” but there was a “simple explanation”.
“The reason why our burgers sometimes don’t go mouldy when left out at room temperature, in a dry environment, is that once the food is cooked there isn’t enough moisture to support bacterial growth to break it down,” she said.
“Instead, it simply dries out.”
She advised the best way to enjoy the firm’s food was “when it’s hot and tasty”