What does a one year-old Happy Meal look like?
If you were served a McDonalds Happy Meal that looked like this, you wouldn't be overly surprised. It looks like it's been dropped a couple of times before been handed over to the customer, but you'd still feed it to your kids.
The thing is, this Happy Meal is a year old. Writer Nonna Joann Bruso bought it last March and placed it on a shelf in her office - it hasn't been frozen. If you were to feed it to the children, they'd know straight away that something was wrong; the bread would be dry, the meat shrivelled, the fries stale. But after a year, the food hasn't decomposed - at no point has it even smelt bad. Bruso comments:
Food is broken down into it’s essential nutrients in our bodies and turned into fuel. Our children grow strong bodies, when they eat real food. Flies ignore a Happy Meal and microbes don’t decompose it, then your child’s body can’t properly metabolize it either. Now you know why it’s called “junk food.”
I think ants, mice and flies are smarter than people, because they weren’t fooled. They never touched the Happy Meal. Children shouldn’t either.
Bruso also provided a running commentary throughout the year on the Happy Meal's lack of biological progress, which you can read here.