The myth of the McDonald's hamburger that never rots continues to fascinate and disgust people everywhere. Most of us first heard of this phenomenon in Morgan Spurlock's 2004 documentary film Supersize Me, while some may have heard about the 14-year-old real McDonald's burger used as a prop in a 2008 blog post by Karen Hanrahan.
In Iceland, one such immortal burger has been on display in a glass case, seemingly preserved and unchanged for nearly 2,000 days. It is one of the last burgers ever sold in Iceland and it shows almost no signs that it has aged or rotten since the day it was taken out of its wrapper.
The man who bought the burger and fries meal was Hjörtur Smarason. According to reports, when he learned that the Golden Arches would be closing for good in his country, following struggles to keep afloat after the economic crash of 2008, he decided to purchase one of the last meals in the store on Oct. 30, 2009, the day before the last Mcdonald's in Reykjavik closed.
Instead of gobbling up his burger and fries, he decided to keep it for posterity. Without adding any preservatives of his own, he kept his meal in a clamshell case in his garage where it sat, unchanged and unmoved, and even surviving several moves.
"I had heard something about McDonald's never decaying so I just wanted to find out for myself whether this was true or not," Smarason told an Icelandic newspaper.
Three years after he first purchased the burger, he even attempted to donate the treasure of sorts to the National Museum of Iceland where it was displayed for the last year. However, the meal was returned to him after a Danish specialist apparently informed the museum that there was no way the food could be preserved.
The specialist may be proven wrong, as the burger and fries are still on display at the Bus Hostel Reykjavik where the burger patty itself is described as slightly paler than a fresh patty, the bun slightly smaller or shriveled, and some of the fries seem to be missing.
However, no signs of mold, rot or decay.
The Bus Hostel has even set up a live stream of the now famous last McDonald's meal in Iceland for anyone to enjoy even if you can't make the trip to Reykjavik yourself.