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14-Year Old Burger Defies Science

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A 14-year old hamburger has refused to comply with what we know of decomposition, according to a man in Utah.

David Whipple says he bought a burger with pickles, mustard, and ketchup from McDonald’s in July of 1999 to use as a visual aid for a presentation about enzymes and reactions. After letting it “age” for a month, he showed it to a group of students and was surprised even then at how little time had affected it.

“At the little meeting, I showed the hamburger and the pickle, which was just starting to disintegrate,” Whipple said. “There was no decomposition to the meat or bun, nor any mold, fungus or smell. It had no bad odor at all.”

After the presentation, Whipple says he stuffed the burger in a bag and ended up leaving it in his truck, forgotten, over the summer months. It eventually landed in a closet in his home, and when he discovered it he says he was amazed. Lately, it’s gotten some attention and was even featured on the show “TV Doctors”. A photo of the burger, along with its story, has since gone viral.

“This just came out in the last couple of months and it’s just been crazy,” he said.

The burger hasn’t been dehydrated or refrigerated, and Whipple says he can’t understand why it’s survived as long as it has. He is currently working on a similar experiment with burgers from different fast food chains, to see if they hold up as well as the one from McDonald’s So far, he says, they’re right on track. As for McDonald’s, they can’t offer up an explanation as to why one of their burgers would hang around this long, either.

“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,” they said in a statement.

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  • Sonja

    Such crap “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” If that was true what would make this burger different? Fact is any burger from them will do the same. This is the shit people ingest and feed to their child. If that’s what it IS like 14yrs later with no preservatives or anything of that sort, imagine what it is doing to your colon and stomach and other body parts…. I stopped eating there about two years ago and recently i decide I wanted a burger from them, I ate it and yes it was tasty but not more than an hour later I was puking my guts up… Why does it do that? I can go many months, years even with out eating a type of food, then eat it, and be fine. McDonalds is horrible for you and I have no problem saying this with out any prior research being done, that they are one of the leading causes of health problems (Including obesity) in America. I cannot express my loath for them. **Side note: Do not believe that they stopped putting the “pink slime” in their food, they will tell you anything to make you happy and get your money.

    • reena

      Come on now you know this isnt “100% USDA inspected beef”

  • Lea Romero

    No fillers or perservatives? What was that pink slime then? And how on earth do all their fries and burgers end up like this? This isn’t the first nor the last. They need to get their stuff together. Because that’s the worst food for anyone to eat. So sad! I wish it was like the old days when meat was grass fed and no chemicals in anything!! Follow my page on FB at florida organic girl to see how food should really be enjoyed!!

  • TheBurginator

    uh a bunch of chemicals mixed together 14 years later doesn’t defy science…14 years isn’t even long enough for science to analyze the amount of non-hamburger add ins

  • Dmc

    What’s the moral of the story? Why, it means that every McD’s hamburger that you eat will add YEARS to your life expectancy, because you will eventually become similarly preserved!

    • Sonja

      Hahaha gross, man.

  • Dick Von Hugenstein

    The last time I had a 14 year old burger. . . FURBURGER that is. . . I was 14 myself!!! Ahhhh . . I remember it well. . . . her name was April . . she had the sweetest, pinkest, moistest, tenerest melt in my mouth like fresh spun cotton candy you can imagine!!! And tight???? LIKE A WET VICE!!!! Ahhhhhh. . what wonderful memories of youth!!!

  • Dick Von Hugenstein

    The last time I had a 14 year old burger. . . FURBURGER that is. . . I was 14 myself!!! Ahhhh . . I remember it well. . . . her name was April . . she had the sweetest, pinkest, moistest, tenerest melt in my mouth like fresh spun cotton candy vagina you can imagine!!! And tight???? LIKE A WET VICE!!!! Ahhhhhh. . what wonderful memories of youth!!!

  • Joe

    FINALLY the fountain of youth is discovered! Eat McD’s burgers and stay looking young for years and years. I wonder if they’ll put out a face cream for it–maybe they could call it BurgerFresh?

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