This is probably going to make you, well, not happy.
A photo posted on Facebook earlier this month by Jennifer Lovdahl claims to show what a McDonald’s Happy Meal looks like after six years. There’s no word on whether or not the meal was stored in a fridge or sealed container, but that won’t really matter once you see this:
For six years, that’s pretty shocking right? Of course, there’s no way for us to validate if this food is indeed that old, other than by trusting that the receipt Lovdahl posted is legitimate. Still, this definitely isn’t the first time experiments have been conducted showing that food from McDonald’s takes a freakishly long time to decompose (Supersize Me, anyone?).
For its part, McDonald’s does offer an explanation for why this occurs:
“Food needs moisture in the air for mold to form. Without it, food will simply dry out – sort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to make croutons for stuffing,” the company reports on its website. “You might have seen experiments which seem to show no decomposition in our food. Most likely, this is because the food has dehydrated before any visible deterioration could occur.”
As mildly comforting as that may be, there’s still just something unsettling about food that doesn’t seem to go bad. In the video below, you can watch what happens to a Happy Meal after six months: