The little 1996 McDonald’s Burger that could….
Who would have EVER thought that a show and tell prop and photograph of a 1996 McDonald’s Hamburger could cause such a bloggy stir?
Who would have ever known the devotion so many have to the almighty McDonalds Hamburger?
For those of you who were supportive, inquisitive and kind in your commentary – thank you.
For the many bloggers who shared the post – wow – my analytics show we’ve reached 49 plus countries!
For those who called me a liar, had disbelief in the validity of the burger and discounted me – well, those are the thoughts you are entitled to have. I didn’t respond because there were so many of you. I didn’t see the value of defending my simple experiment.
My intent for my blog post was to share something that amazes me to this very day, a burger I bought 12 years ago that looks like it did the very day I bought it.
Since many of you asked, here are the answers to some of your questions…
The 1996 McDonalds Hamburger FAQ:
Did I freeze it? No
WHY would someone hold onto a burger for 12 years? Why not?
Where did you get the idea? A fellow sales leader shared with me that she had heard of someone who saved a burger and a twinkie and that it had never molded. I thought no way – I HAD to see for myself.
I heard of someone who had a twinkie like that. I have a twinkie too – mine is 5 years older than Michael Pollen’s twinkie, profound author of the Omnivore Dilemna
“The omnivore’s dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape. What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.”
What did you do with the burger? I bought a plain hamburger, because that is what I was told the other person did. I separated the pieces – the bottom and top bun and the patty and put them on a plate in the cupboard. I would speculate that the burger sat on that plate in my cupboard over a year
Is there mold on the bun? Not one ounce of mold
What about the box you kept it in? The box I kept it in was not Tupperware, it was a sandwich box and as you can see it bannered the brand Welch’s Grape jam.
Where did you keep the box? In a drawer
Are you a nutritionist? No
Are you a dietician? No
Are you a teacher? No
What is my workshop Healthy Choices for Children? My community has an adult education division at the local high school. I pitched three workshop ideas to them and they hired me. Within that dynamic I created the workshop mentioned in the burger post – Healthy Choices for Children – I based it on a workshop someone else had shared with me, my personal experience in shifting to the alternative food market . My workshop was a way to get my name out into the community about my services and products. Grassroots marketing. I taught it twice a year for 10 years.
Do I sell vitamins? Yes, proudly for the number one nutrition company in the US. Selling vitamins and green cleaning supplies is how I earn my living. I have been an independent distributor for this company for 13 years
Was I a size 24? Yes. A car accident in 2001 had me in recovery for 2 years, during that time I became very sedentary and I gained a tremendous amount of weight. Judging someone by their weight is shameful. It’s positively mortifying to be obese. Because I have been there I understand the hopelessness one can feel, and want to help others to not go through what I have experienced. In recent years I took off 56 pounds despite another car accident and the loss of use of my hand. I share this because of some of the mean comments circulating. Have you ever been overweight?
What about the beef? It’s 100% USDA! Ever hear of factory farming? Please Educate Yourself: Watch The Meatrix
What about the wrapper? If my local McDonalds is using wrap circa 2003 as so many of you believe, that is certainly something I can’t comment on, I bought the 2008 burger last week.
I think the 1996 burger looks ” better” than the 2008 one – don’t you?
You’re just looking for blog traffic: Hits on my blog? I have to admit that was pretty fun. Sure, bloggers appreciate hits, especially if they monetize their blog. I don’t monetize my blog. Some bloggers, like myself want readership and usually have a message to share. It will be interesting to see how many readers stay when I’m talking about healthful alternatives instead of 12 year old burgers.
How do I do my own test? I don’t blame you if you find this unbelievable, that’s what prompted me to conduct a test. Now it’s your turn to create your own proof. Buy a burger, put it on a plate in your cupboard for a few years, keep it in a plastic box in your drawer for another 10 and call me. By that time mine will be 24 years old and we’ll write a joint blog post together.
It’s nothing but a scare tactic! No, it’s nothing but a personal test brought to the court of public opinion. Don’t pour ketchup on the messenger. Every one can draw their own conclusion, but it certainly makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
My favorite comment: I’ll pay you $5 to eat it right now!
Use facts. This burger demonstration makes perfect sense in the context of my workshop. Those are my facts. The workshop is nonjudgmental and all about choice. Eating McDonald’s is a choice. For some, seeing this burger has persuaded them to not eat or feed their children McDonalds ever again. As far as I am concerned that’s the point and my personal opinion.
K a r e n H a n r a h a n
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