What Are You Having For Lunch? Answer: Not This Particular Burger!!!

Back in 2009, the last McDonald’s in Iceland closed. But out of this tragedy something glorious arose thanks to Hjörtur Smárason who bought a burger and fries and then left the meal on a shelf in his garage. To not decompose.

And it didn’t. He then gave it to the National Museum in Iceland and then they gave it to a hostel, which now proudly displays this food in its lobby. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to travel all the way to Iceland to see five-year-old fast food, because the hostel has a live stream! I don’t know how to embed the video, but click the link and you’ll see something that looks basically still exactly like a burger and fries you could buy right now.

(While we’re at it, can we discuss the videos where Grant Imahara shows us the real story behind McDonald’s food? My favorite part is when they’re like, “Then we add preservatives. But the fries really are potatoes!” And I’m like, “I wasn’t doubting they were potatoes! I had a problem with the preservatives in the first place!” Ug.)

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Flanny was born and raised in a Detroit suburb, but tells people she's from Detroit without clarification because it makes her sound tough. She is not tough. Her favorite member of One Direction is Louis Tomlinson, and her favorite Agatha Christie detectives are Tommy and Tuppence.
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32 Responses to What Are You Having For Lunch? Answer: Not This Particular Burger!!!

  1. old man fatima says:

    How is the bread not even moldy??? And also, I ❤ Grant Imahara.

    • That’s kind of terrifying, honestly. Mold will grow on practically everything.

    • old man fatima says:

      And I had leftovers from dinner at the pub last night. I got breaded eggplant bruschetta, which is just eggplant cutlets topped with tomato and onion. But the cutlets are probably 90% breading. If it wasn’t a little grey in the middle, I wouldn’t have believed their claim of eggplants at all! I was unhappy with it, but now I’m just glad it wasn’t a 1922 day old burger.

  2. …They add “beef flavor” to the fries?

  3. catweazle says:

    I wouldn’t say no to a dinner date with Grant Imahara.

  4. catweazle says:

    Also this story reminds me of the highly disturbing premise of classic ’90s TGIF staple Teen Angel in which a teenage boy dares another teenage boy to eat a burger he finds under his bed, and when he does the teenage boy dies and isn’t allowed to go to heaven because he was too much of a teenage dirtbag so he has to be the guardian angel of the teenage boy who effectively killed him in the first place. DON’T EAT THAT BURGER, ICELAND!

  5. I’m having a tuna salad wrap with mustard, pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach. It’s very tasty! Also a glass of milk!

    • mordonez says:

      Mushrooms are acceptable in some applications, but not in cold salads or sandwiches. I cry foul. Also I believe firmly that tuna salad should have curry powder and grapes in it, so maybe I’m not the best voice of reason here.

  6. facetaco says:

    I think there ARE people out there who claim that McDonald’s doesn’t use real potatoes in their fries/ I once worked with a compulsive liar who was also REALLY bad at it. I generally didn’t call him out on his obvious lies, but when he tried to tell me that McDonalds saved money by replacing the yolk in their eggs with orange juice, I had to ask him A) How do they fry orange juice, B) How do they get it to taste like an egg instead of an orange, and C) in what way could that POSSIBLY be cheaper than eggs. I got no coherent response.

    • old man fatima says:

      Also, wouldn’t that actually be better for you? “Let me replace your cholesterol with vitamin C and fibre”

      • facetaco says:

        He wasn’t a good liar. Maybe he had some lasting brain damage from the time he claimed to have had 600 shots of whiskey and 250 cocktails.

        • hotspur says:

          Was “the time” this happened February through October of 2004? Did he speak vaguely enough that hey, if you wanted to think “the time” was a Friday through Sunday morning, then go ahead, but that was on you?

        • facetaco says:

          No, it was definitely over the course of one night. I didn’t pry to find out if it was one night of shots and one night of cocktails, or if it all happened in the same night.

    • hotspur says:

      I worked at Burger King for four weeks when I was 15 and the eggs were real. So if you want to be SURE you are eating eggs, eat at Burger King. Also go back in time to do it because I can’t vouch for now.

      • facetaco says:

        Okay, fine, I’ll add that into my time travel plans. But after that we gotta follow through on the whole “killing Hitler” thing, okay?

        • hotspur says:

          I dunno, there’s a lot to do. We’ve got to make sure to bring a couple Coelacanths forward from dinosaur days and drop them into the ocean around 1930. I am pretty sure we pull that off but seems like we get off-track somewhere between that and the Hitler thing.

          Maybe we go to kill him but can’t, because he charms us with a healthy lunch.

        • flanny says:

          I hear tell that Hitler replaces his egg yolks with orange juice, though.

  7. Oh, and I don’t know what I’m having for lunch yet. Probably a boring salad.

  8. Sota says:

    I am eating a chicken kabob wrap which is spicy in the best way…aka it makes my lips all tingly. And then i stopped at the cookie guy (who knows me by name) and bought 6 cookies to share with my coworkers. My new fitness regimen starts on Saturday, so they are like celebration cookies basically.

  9. hotspur says:

    I am going to go to the mall food court today to eat an “Asian Chicken Salad” I like there. I will bring my Kindle and finish “I, Robot.” That is my plan. I am trying to get fit after September through December of eating mainly pancakes, cheeseburgers, and every cookie.

  10. mordonez says:

    *Robotic Dieticians –get your joke right, mordonez.

    Also I totally plagiarized Asimov for a fourth grade story and was slightly embarrassed when the story got a gold star or something and nobody called me out on it. Platinum-iridium brain eh, fourth grader?

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