As so often social media posts on fast-food vagaries do, Lovdahl's post subsequently garnered more than 250,000 shares in less than a week. It's more or less impossible to verify whether or not Lovdahl's photos and post about the alleged Happy meal are true -- and if she just left the food sitting in its cardboard box for six years.
But even so, it's far from the first time anybody has poked around the chemically altered nature of McDonald's food. A few years back, the supposed "pink slime" base that constitutes Chicken McNuggets caused quite a kerfuffle, which McD's addressed on its own website.
The question of whether McDonald's food will rot or not is also addressed on the company's page, to which the hamburger giant explains that when food of any kind -- McD's or not -- dries out in the absence of moisture, it simply dries out and doesn't rot, "sort of like bread left out on a counter overnight to make croutons for stuffing." That makes sense.
Thrillist reached out to several food science experts to analyze if, in fact, a Happy Meal could survive in tact for this length of time. It's entirely possible this Happy Meal dried out and is basically fossilized fast food now. Or it could be a chemical thing.