World’s Oldest McDonald’s Hamburger Remains Perfectly Preserved

The mold-proof, 14-year-old McDonald's burger

A McDonald's hamburger purchased in 1999 has been virtually untouched by time.

Utah resident David Whipple bought the burger with the intent of saving it for a month to prove the effect enzymes have on food. Somehow, the burger wound up stuffed in its original paper bag with the time-stamped receipt inside his coat pocket for 14 years. And eerily, it did not grow mold or bacteria. It appears the same now as a fast-food patty fresh off the grill.

Whipple's burger was recently featured on the CBS TV show "The Doctors," and hosts were stunned at the non-rotting burger, as Dr. Travis Stork lifted up the bun while wearing gloves. Not only was it void of fungus, it didn't even have a foul odor. The only sign of age was a disintegrated pickle.

CBS is shipping the burger back to its owner, who is showing it to his grandkids to encourage them to eat fresh, healthy foods.

According to food experiments by Melanie Warner, author of the book Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Foods Took Over the American Meal, other foods with long shelf lives include fast food chicken sandwiches, store-bought guacamole and American cheese, reported the Huffington Post.

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