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article imageArtist photographs eternal McDonald's Happy Meal after six months

By Andrew Moran     Oct 12, 2010 in Food
New York - A Manhattan artist photographed McDonald's Happy Meal everyday for six months. Surprisingly, the Happy Meal did not decay or decompose for six months and looked as fresh as the day it was ordered at a McDonald's location.
For years, patrons of McDonald’s have provided their own horror stories about the international multi-billion dollar fast food chain from bone fragments, bandages and condoms in the burgers to a deep fried chicken head.
On Apr. 10, 2010, 54-year-old New York artist Sally Davies started an endeavor called “The Happy Meal Project.” Every single day, Davies would take a photograph of the Happy Meal. However, after six months, the Happy Meal would defy the forces of nature by not decaying or decomposing and even the bread had no signs of mould.
Day after day, week after week, Davies would watch the Happy Meal on her shelf and it would just sit there. Even the artist’s dogs didn’t want to take a quick bite of the little burger and fries.
“I bought the meal on April 10 of this year and brought it home with the express intention of leaving it out to see how it fared,” said Davies in an interview with the Daily Mail. “I chose McDonald's because it was nearest to my house, but the project could have been about any other of the myriad of fast food joints in New York. The first thing that struck me on day two of the experiment was that it no longer emitted any smell. And then the second point of note was that on the second day, my dogs stopped circling the shelf it was sitting on trying to see what was up there.”
After six months, the only change to the Happy Meal is that the fries and burger patty are shriveled. According to Davies, the food feels like plastic and maintains an acrylic sheen appearance.
“The only change I can see is that it has become as hard as a rock.”
According to Thaindian, McDonald’s spokesperson, Danya Proud, said this recent stunt is another “outlandish claim and is completely false.”
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