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1999 McDonald's Hamburger Looks Exactly the Same 14 Years Later

Update Date: Apr 23, 2013 09:57 AM EDT

A Utah man has revealed that a McDonald's hamburger he bought in 1999 is still in mint condition.

David Whipple said he initially wanted to keep the hamburger for a month to show his friends how the preservative-packed fast food sandwich would keep its composure. But as time went by, he forgot about his little experiment.

It wasn't until 2001, when he accidentally found his long-lost burger in his coat pocket, did he decide to extend his burger experiment.

Whipple told TV show "The Doctors" that his decision to keep the burger for such a long time "wasn't on purpose".

However, he was stunned to see that the hamburger he bought before the millennium looked the same 14 years later.

"I was showing some people how enzymes work and I thought a hamburger would be a good idea. And I used it for a month and then I forgot about it," Whipple said on "The Doctors", according to the Daily Mail.

"It ended up in a paper sack in the original sack with the receipt in my coat pocket tossed in the back of my truck and it sat there for, I don't know, two or three months," he explained.

Whipple said that his coat ended up in the coat closet of his home in Logan, Utah.

"My wife didn't discover it until at least a year or two after that," he said. "And we pulled it out and said 'Oh my gosh. I can't believe it looks the same way.'"

The McDonald's hamburger showed no signs of mold, fungus or even bad odor.  The only thing the changed over the 14 years was that the pickle had disintegrated.

Whipple still has the original receipt for the burger he bought on July 7, 1999, and he says he now shows the perfectly preserved sandwich to his grandchildren to encourage them to eat healthy foods.

"It's great for my grandkids to see. To see what happens with fast food," Whipple said.

As for the burger?

"The burger is a member of the family now," Whipple told the Dixie Sun News, adding that he has no intention of throwing it away.

In fact, Whipple has started a collection of burgers from other fast food restaurants like Burger King, Carl's Jr., Jack in the Box and Arctic Circle to see if those sandwiches age just as well as the 14-year-old McDonald's burger.

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