OK, I’m not usually running to the keyboard to defend McDonalds’ Happy Meals but my disdain for pseudo-science drove me here. That disdain is why I can’t watch the popular “reality” show Mythbusters. Stunts for the masses with a veil of science. Ugh.
Admittedly this is an entertaining story, with the emphasis on entertainment. Yet I’m sure 95% of good Americas who were exposed to this story will take it to their graves as science-based fact: McDonald’s food will not decompose. Well, to get mold growth and bacterial decomposition you need Mr. Moisture. How much water do you think there is in potatoes cooked by French frying? And that hamburger in the story: Hmmm, no lettuce, tomato or sauce in sight. Just a fried patty and a dry bun. Hmmm again. Dry food left out to dry in a dry apartment. “Amazing, hey this thing is DRY!”
Even human and animal bodies will dry and mummify in low humidity (think Mohave or Death Valley). Why did the Dead Sea scrolls survive 2000 years? Our old friend again, yep dryness.