1 year old McDonald’s Happy Meal

The picture you’re looking at above isn’t of just any Happy Meal. It’s a Happy Meal that’s an entire year old. Yup, author Joann Bruso decided to undertake a little experiment with McDonald’s most recognizable icon (besides that bizarre man-clown, that is). So she bought a Happy Meal, took out the hamburger, and plopped down in her office. For a year. This is what happened.


Here’s the one-year State of the Happy Meal Address–Bruso’s update on how the food fared after a full year sitting in an office cubicle:

My Happy Meal is one year old today and it looks pretty good. It NEVER smelled bad. The food did NOT decompose. It did NOT get moldy, at all.

This morning, I took it off my shelf to take a birthday photo. The first year is always a milestone. I gave it one of my world famous nonna hugs as we’ve been office mates for a year now! (Okay, maybe my sanity is in question.)

Bearing in mind the sagely exhortation of Michael Pollan to always “eat food” as opposed to food-like substances, this should be reason enough to think a while longer about that meal that can evidently stay happy for a lot longer than anyone thought.As Bruso notes, food should go bad–in the natural world, food molds, decomposes, stinks. Whatever it is that composes the McDonald Happy Meal does not–judging from the report thus far, they may very well be invincible.

Via Treehugger