[W/PHOTOS] What Burger Will Grow Mold First: McDonald's, In-n-Out, or TK Burgers? An Experiment

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LP Hastings
Let the games begin

Many of us have heard this rumor: that if you leave a McDonald's hamburger out, indefinitely, it will never go moldy.

Plausible enough, right? The average McDonald's meal is filled with more mystery than the average show on Coast to Coast AM, right? Its nutritional value is so dismal we'd be better off eating cardboard, right? So, it would make sense that something so fake, so artificial, and so full of preservatives would not be able to house mold.

So, we at the Weekly, being as eager to jump on the McDonald's-hating bandwagon as everyone else decided to put this rumor to the test. Being the mature and reputable media organization that we are, it seemed that our results would somehow be more accurate. We would join the ranks of amateur experimenters like the staff at Refinery29 and good ol' Morgan Spurlock in our quest for more trash talk on fast food. Except, we decided to take things a step further. We decided to test McDonald's moldabilty against our local favorites--In-N-Out and TK Burger. Surely, these meals made from "real" ingredients would spore before our eyes. The results follow, and promise to be surprising, shocking, disgusting, and childhood-destroying, but most importantly, informative.

WEEK ONE

I learned in my college biology class, where I paid as little attention as possible, that experiments must follow highly rigorous steps and protocols to find accurate results. So when it came to setting up our fast-food experiment, I had to eliminate the variables. I purchased a small French fry and plain cheeseburger from McDonald's, In-N-Out, and TK Burger all in the same afternoon, one consecutively after the other, and brought them into the office.

Next, I set up shop on a desk in an undisturbed location, aka an unused office. I gingerly unwrapped each item and placed them on the lids of newly bought, plastic Tupperware, from Wal-Mart. Then, I set the Tupperware housing on top of the lids and popped them in place. This created an ultra-un-scientific container where passersby could survey the experiment without actually smelling it.

WEEK TWO


I returned to the office the next week and excitedly flipped on the lights in the um...lab. Safely, sealed within their containers, the fast food had begun to change. I thought that there would be flecks here and there, but the amount and the particular hosts were surprising.

The McDonald's fries were covered a third of the way with black-and-white fuzz. What is this trickery!? In Morgan Spurlock's version of the experiment, the burger went moldy within the first week but the fries never went moldy...ever! Yet our fries were spawning mutant bacteria, while the cheeseburger looked good enough to eat.

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LP Hastings
Yum!

TK Burger, on the other hand, was having the opposite experience. The cheeseburger had a patch of white and blue fuzz that looked to be the consistency of suede, while the fries were unscathed. This meal did, however, have a stronger scent when uncovered than the McDonald's.

Yet here comes the really disturbing discovery, the one that surprised us all. In-N-Out, upon inspection had almost no visual differences from the first day it was placed in the container. My perfect, natural, In-N-Out: what is happening to you?! The fries looked normal; the, burger too. The only sign that it had been sitting out for a week was a small white fringe that hung off of the edge of the bun like soft icicles. Then to add insult to injury, In-N-Out undoubtedly smelled the worst out of its competitors.

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LP Hastings
Hardly any mold on In-N-Out.


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Madeline
Madeline

That URL is constantly changing. Go to Youtube and search for

"Genetic Roulette Movie" and look at the 17 minute long trailer.

That will be enough to educate you.

Madeline
Madeline

A little mold will at worst give you diarrhea. However, how would you like to eat something that will make pinholes in your guts so that food leaks into your bloodstream before it's been fully digested? 

Your antibodies will attack the leaked partially digested food and you'll have semi-permanent allergies to it and inflammation whenever you eat that food group.

We're talking genetically modified food (GMOs) here where soil bacteria that causes insect stomachs to explode has its gene inserted into the DNA of a crop plant like corn, soybeans, sugar beets or canola. The mutant plants are cloned and every cell of it that you eat has the pesticide producing genes in them. Some survive in your stomach and turn your stomach flora into little pesticide producing workers.

That's how kids that eat this crap end up with allergies, leaky gut syndrome and the stomach problems that correlate with autism among many other things like cancer. Oh, one other thing. The plants are also genetically engineered to resist dousing in Roundup herbicide which you get residues of with every bite.

Want to avoid these foods? Sorry, they're not labeled unless voters pass Prop 37. Please vote  YES on Prop 37. 

Got infertility? Miscarriage? Migraines? You might want to learn about how GMOs work in your body. Search for

"Genetic Roulette Movie"

on Youtube and watch the 84 minute version.

shelly7880
shelly7880

NO MOLD here..... Join us for some FRESH Pancakes at Millikan High School, Long Beach on Saturday, October 27, 8am-3pm ..... also, bring your Electronic  E-Waste for a FREEE Drop-off, also having a Used Book Collection, and have your CAR WASHED while you visit.  $5 donation for the pancake breakfast or Car Wash... supports Ram Baseball Boosters game season 2012-2013.  At Palo Verde Avenue / 405 freeway.... in the north east parking lot at Palo Verde Avenue and Belen Street, Long Beach 90815.

Anthoni Le
Anthoni Le

I love McDonalds, though I haven't had any in months... Though this article definitely could change that tonight. MMM... America.

Mike Mix
Mike Mix

I love this artical ... Good job

Lisa Davis
Lisa Davis

A student did this experiment at the science fair. He left the McDonald's and the In n Out burgers out in the open on separate plate, but next to each other for a month. The In n Out was destroyed and the McD was looking fine. Gross!!!

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OC Artists Republic

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Jean Marshall
Jean Marshall

I don't know but I made the worst pork sausage spaghetti sauce today and over salted the pasta and your welcome to it if you want to perform some more food test. I'm not going to eat it so I am willing to donate it to your cause:-(

tbbucanrs
tbbucanrs

All of the other similar experiments I have seen done the food was never covered. The burgers were just left out on the counter. The fact that you covered them encloses all of the decomposing gasses creating moisture and growing mold.

Michael Walsh
Michael Walsh

Seriously? Yeah theres no possible variables in this "rolls eyes" Also I have seen McDonalds menu prices recently. Cheap? Yeah right

Diana Brito Gonzalez
Diana Brito Gonzalez

Fast food frank.. yuuuckkkk... thankfully the first experiment with Mc Ds scared me straight.. still not tempted.. sick. Nooo not In n Out :(

Troy Lambert
Troy Lambert

hahahaha, the burger pic makes McDonalds look awesome compared to the other burgers. lol What's there to hate on McD's? Cheap and good!

Big_Ed_Can
Big_Ed_Can

Enclosing each burger and fries individually throws off the results. It is possible that the In & Out burger and fries were produced in a more sterile environment and less mold spores were contained in their container than the other 2. To more properly assess the deterioration of each they should have been sealed together in a common environment.

Rita Monares
Rita Monares

Moral of this story is make your own so you know what is in it.

OCLocal
OCLocal

Ew - that fast food Frank coment will cure me of ever eating out again. At least for the next week! :)

OCWeekly
OCWeekly

@Luis_AMartinez Gracias for rt!

OnePunkArmy
OnePunkArmy

@OCWeeklyFood Without reading the article, I say TK first, then In N Out, then McD's.

LPHastings
LPHastings

 @tbbucanrs Yes! There are probably many things that we did wrong, along with everyone else. Check out Morgan Spurlock's version that is linked to his name above. He encloses the food, as well.

LPHastings
LPHastings

 @Big_Ed_Can But don't you think that if we did that there is just as much of a chance for one item's bacteria to spread to the other and throw off the result that way? There are so many factors.

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