Sydney: A McDonald's burger allegedly bought in 1995 and kept in an Australian shed for years has never decomposed, according to two men who now refer to the quarter-century Quarter Pounder as their "mate".
Casey Dean, 39, and Eduards Nits, 38, claim they ordered the Quarter Pounder with cheese from a McDonald's outlet in Adelaide as teenagers -- and have hung onto it ever since. Their claims have been publicised several times in Australia over the years, but have made headlines again just days after a live stream of a decade-old McDonald's cheeseburger displayed in a glass case in Iceland went viral.
The American chain closed its only three branches in Iceland during the island's financial crisis in 2009 and just before the restaurant's closure; Hjortur Smarason bought a menu for conservation. He first kept the meal in his garage but then lent it to the National Museum of Iceland, after which it was moved to a hotel in the capital Reykjavik for a while.
Now the burger is on display like a work of art inside a glass case at a hostel in southern Iceland. Dean, owner of the Australian rival for the oldest McDonald's, said he understood why some might be sceptical about their claim, but argues the packaging – waxy paper and a cardboard ring – accurately date the burger to the mid-1990s.
"Being teenagers we ordered a truckload of food, and it was just way too much," Dean told AFP. "It started a chain of events where we were joking 'imagine if we kept this forever', and here we are." Though the burger has shrunk a little from its original size, its shape remains intact, there are no signs of mould, and it doesn't smell.