Two Aussie blokes claim they own the oldest McDonald’s cheeseburger in the world.
Casey Dean and his mate Eduard Nits bought a huge bag of Maccy D’s back in 1995 when fast food was still an exciting novelty to teenage boys in Australia.
The feast ended up being too much for them and a left-over cheeseburger ended up in a box filled with old junk in Eduard’s sister’s shed and was forgotten about it until 2015.
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When it was discovered, Eduard was amazed to see that it hadn’t grown any mould, with even rats and mice steering clear of it.
"It was in a box in a garbage bag full of clothes just chucked out the back of the shed," Casey told ABC News.
"Even the rats didn't see it as food".
"The rats had eaten through the garbage bag, through the clothes, through the box and got to the burger and they left it."
Impressed at the burger’s survival skills, the pair started a Facebook page for it, which they titled 'Can This 20 Year Old Burger Get More Likes Than Kanye West?'
They also wrote a song about the burger and for a while even set up a Tinder profile for it but they closed down the dating page because managing all the responses and fan mail was turning a private joke into a full-time job.
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While the burger still looks as good as new a quarter of a century on, it’s probably not edible any more.
”It’s as hard as a rock," Casey explained.
"It still looks the same but it's just like a brick. You could knock someone out with it."
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Casey and Eduard’s cheeseburger was pushed back into the limelight after a story broke about a similar McDonald’s burger in Iceland, which has been kept in a glass case for 10 years.
When McDonald’s closed down their last outlet in Reykjavik during the 2009 financial crisis Hjortur Smarason bought himself a souvenir: "I decided to buy a last meal for its historical value since McDonald's were closing down,” he told AFP.
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But Casey said his burger is much older than Iceland's.
He added: "I had heard that McDonald's never decomposed so I just wanted to see if it was true or not.”
"I think they'll have a hard time catching our burger, but good luck to them."
A McDonald's spokesman did not dispute Casey and Eduard's burger being the oldest – bust said there is a "simple explanation" for why it had not formed any mould.
"The reason why our burgers sometimes don't go mouldy when left out at room temperature, in a dry environment, is that once the food is cooked there isn't enough moisture to support bacterial growth to break it down," they said.
"Instead, it simply dries out."
The spokesman added the best time to enjoy a McDonald's meal is when "it's hot and tasty".
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