Denver-based blogger Joann Bruso bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal on 3 March 2009 and although left on a shelf in her Colorado office for two years, she returned to find the meal is still in good condition.
“Yes, the Happy Meal is still sitting on my office shelf,” said Ms. Bruso in response to a question Yush asked her by email. “It looks pretty much the same.”
Ms. Bruso, who writes a blog about fussy eaters, bought the McDonald’s meal combo two years ago specifically so that she could study it. She then placed it on my office shelf and left it standing for a year “as a silent witness to our fast food industry,” she wrote.
At the very worse, it should have decomposed, generate a terrible odour and attract ants and mice. At best, it should have deteriorated and start smelling but it did neither of those things. It has not even gone mouldy.
“I occasionally take it down and bring it to a mom’s meeting,” Ms. Bruso explained. “I pass it around, so people can see that a Happy Meal is pretty much indestructible.”
It makes you wonder about the ingredients inside the meal that could have kept it so well preserved and happy after two years.
Maybe that is not a very happy meal at all but a sad one.