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Curious case of the McDonalds Happy Meal

Last updated on: October 13, 2010 08:36 IST

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Manhattan artist Sally Davies bought a McDonalds happy meal six months ago on April 10 of this year, and has photographed it everyday -- and six months later, the meal shows almost no signs of decomposing.

Entitled 'The Happy Meal Project', Davies charted the seemingly indestructible fast food meals progress as it refuses to yield to the forces of nature.

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"I bought the meal on April 10 of this year and brought it home with the express intention of leaving it out to see how it fared," The Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
 
"I chose McDonald''s because it was nearest to my house, but the project could have been about any other of the myriad of fast food joints in New York," Davies added.


Image: Day One of the Project
Photographs: Courtesy Sally Davies/Flickr
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Within the first two days, the meal stopped emitting any smell, and had not shown any signs of decomposition after two weeks.


Image: Day 8 of the Project
Photographs: Courtesy Sally Davies/Flickr
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"The fries shrivelled slightly as did the burger patty, but the overall appearance of the food did not change as the weeks turned to months," Davies said.


Image: Day 14 of the Project
Photographs: Courtesy Sally Davies/Flickr
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"And now, at six months old, the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it," she added.


Image: Day 20 of the Happy Meal Project
Photographs: Courtesy Sally Davies/Flickr
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Davies, however, is more amused than scared, probably because she is vegan. 

'The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock,' she said.


Image: Day 35 of the Happy Meal Project
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This is not the first time that such a claim has been made about McDonalds' products.

Denver grandmother Joann Bruso left a Happy Meal to decay for a year until March to highlight the nutritional dangers of fast food.


Image: Day 62 of the Happy Meal Project
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When asked if their food was not biodegradable, McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud said, "This is nothing more than an outlandish claim and is completely false."


Image: Day 180 of the Happy Meal Project
Photographs: Courtesy Sally Davies/Flickr
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Source: ANI