There is something bitterly ironic about the fact that this year Icelanders celebrated two landmark events: the funeral of an ancient glacier and the decade of the last McDonald's hamburger in the country. The work of human hands survived the creation of nature, and there is something irrational in this - after all, they were not created at all to “live forever”.
There are several long-lived McDonald's sandwiches in the world. Two teenagers from Adelaide, Australia bought a cheeseburger in 1995, and in 2015 it was still intact. And a resident of American Utah, David Whipple, is ready to show a whole hamburger from 1999. Against their background, the Icelandic counterpart looks a little pale, but through the efforts of its buyer, Hjerthur Smarason, the “life” of a burger and a portion of potatoes can be watched online.
Usually, McDonald's sandwiches are kept just for the purpose of proving (or disproving) their super-resistance to spoilage. According to the representatives of the company themselves, the whole point is not in the preservatives contained in the product, but in the conditions of its storage. If a hamburger is placed in a dry, sealed container (as the “keepers” usually do), bacteria that would start the natural process of decay will not be able to settle on it. But the fact remains - it seems that some fast food products are able to outlast us all.