The way this eminently normal man describes his passion is pretty amazing. He has six Big Macs in his freezer right now in case of a snowstorm. He has a special booth at his local McDonald's where he proposed to his wife in 1975, complete with a cheesing framed photo of him in front of the Statue of Liberty, Big Mac in hand.
One McDonald's Big Mac contains 540 calories with 28 percent fat. Multiply that by 29,000 Big Macs and you get 15,660,000 calories. And yet, apparently his cholesterol has never gone above 160 mg/dL -- which is not even borderline high, per this chart. He's over six feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. His wife Mary, a nurse, doesn't often join him in this bizarre lifelong mission, but she insists that he also eat McDonald's parfait yogurt cups.
"She told me I should eat something healthy, and she's a nurse," Gorske said. "I think it's paid off because I get a clean bill of health every year."
All of which boggles the mind. If he lives to 86, he'll have eaten 40,000 Big Macs, and -- truthfully -- I pray he does. However weirded out you might be by the logic and the premise, the Big Mac's appeal cannot be denied. It's an essential American burger, no matter how many Millennials have allegedly tasted it or not.
"I tell my kids that when I do go, they better know the count of the last Big Mac I’ve eaten," he says.
I kinda want one now. Shit.