You see, Smárason had heard all of the stories about McDonald's food not decomposing over time, and he decided to put this claim to the test. McDonald's decided to pull completely out of the Iceland market way back in 2009, and as a last hurrah, Smárason decided to purchase a cheeseburger and fries On October 31st of that year, and kept it in a plastic bag stored in his garage.
Three years passed, and he then handed it off to the National Museum of Iceland. “I had heard something about McDonald’s never decaying so I just wanted to find out for myself whether this was true or not,” said Smárason. However, a specialist told them museum that it wouldn't not be able to preserve the food long-term. But Smárason definitely had the last laugh, adding, “I think he was wrong because this hamburger preserves itself.”
Needless to say, ten years later, this last "surviving" McDonald's meal from Iceland still looks pretty good. I'm not so sure that I would want to actually try to take a bite out of something that just turned a decade old, but you must admire (or shudder in disgust at) the fact that the food looks relatively unscathed after all of these years. And while you and I might not have the stomach for such a wretched meal, during a brief stay at the National Museum of Iceland, some visitors actually nabbed a few fries for a taste test of their own.
For the last several years the hamburger and fries have been sitting within a display case at the Snotra House in Þykkvibær. And there's a live camera pointed at the meal. As of today, the burger's bun still looks "fresh", if a bit bleached by light, while the fries still look edible – at least from a distance. The red box that's holding the fries looks a little bit faded, and there isn't even any mold growing on the burger or fries at this stage.
It remains to be seen how long Snotra House will keep its most famous exhibits now that it has survived 10 years with nary a scratch. What else is left to prove at this point?
[Top Image Credit: Miramax Films]