Like any good child of the internet age, he documented his odyssey on Snapchat, and listened to Taylor Swift while devouring copious amounts of junk food. But before he started eating McChickens en masse, he had to prepare: "Going in I felt great," he says. "I fasted the day prior, love a good McChicken, and was very hungry."
While in the crux of battle, he hit a few bumps in the road, many of which started and ended with mayonnaise. Stockpiling chicken sandwiches always leads to sogginess, so Metacalf had to keep his stash of sandwiches -- he gradually bought them throughout the day while attending class -- simmering in a pan on medium to low heat. "Sandwiches that I wasn’t able to eat fresh were a real killer -- a cold sandwich and old mayo isn’t totally appetizing normally, much less on a full stomach," he said.
Metcalf, a devoted Taylor Swift fan, filmed much of his escapades on social media while blasting the singer's multi-platinum hits.
"I’m a big Taylor Swift fan, my friends know this," he said. "During the video I was playing 'Back To December' off the Speak Now Deluxe Edition CD I keep in my car. That album was playing in the background of every trip I made to McDonalds that day. I think I listened to the whole thing three times through that day."
Metcalf learned a lot about himself during the process, namely that his stomach isn't made of iron and that he, like many other human beings, comes close to vomiting after eating dozens of fast food sandwiches. The student tapped out after consuming 24 sandwiches in total, which is a pretty valiant effort, and perhaps something he'll brag about to his grandchildren one day.
If anything, he's not done eating McChicken sandwiches (or being a social media celebrity), but he's a little turned off by mayonnaise in general at the moment.
"I woke up the next morning and threw out the mayonnaise I had in my fridge," he said. "I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat it before it got bad. Gross."