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Here’s What A 10-Year-Old McDonald’s Burger & Fries Looks Like

As the rest of the world experiences a plant-based revolution, Iceland was unknowingly 10 years ahead of the curve. In 2009, due to Iceland’s financial crisis, McDonald’s closed all locations within the country. Increased operational costs were cited as the reason. Anticipating a Mickey D-less Iceland, one curious citizen by the name of Hjortur Smarason decided to purchase the franchise’s final burger and fries in the country. 

Smarason heard rumors about McDonald’s immortal burgers and wanted to see if they were true. Apparently, and strangely enough, they never decompose. Fast forward and today marks 10 years since Smarason purchased Iceland’s last McDonald’s burger and fries. Since then, the only thing that has decomposed is the French fry box. The showcase of the meal’s durability attracts 400,000 daily visitors to an online live stream set up by Smarason. You can watch the burger in a glass cabinet located at Snotra House, a hostel in southern Iceland. It’s claimed that people from all over the world visit to see the burger yearly.

Once upon a time, I used to be able to mash three double cheeseburgers, McChickens and fries in one sitting. Those are great memories, but I couldn’t imagine eating those now. Learning about something like this should make you curious about what’s in your food. Is it even food? One thing is certain, this isn’t the only time someone has tested the shelf life of McDonald’s food. A 1996 experiment by Karen Hanrahan resulted in a 12 year blemish-less hamburger. There have also been a handful of other similar experiments. 

Nevertheless, despite Iceland’s McDonald’s-free nation, the franchise is still a global behemoth. Health awareness is growing and people are becoming more critical of what goes into their bodies. As this happens, massive franchises like McDonald’s are being held more accountable. Hopefully, experiments like this will not only give us a laugh, but also bring about much needed changes to the food industry.

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Iceland’s President Proclaims His Hatred For Pineapples on Pizza

The debate of pineapples on pizza has gotten so controversial that it has now turned political.

According to Visir, Iceland’s President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson told students in an Icelandic high school that if he had the legal power to, he would impose a ban putting pineapples on pizza.

Guðni told them that he did not enjoy the pizza topping at all in a Q&A session with the students, where the questions took on a more personal angle. Of course, he was probably joking about the ban part, but news sites around the world caught wind of it and the news took off. The debate about pineapple on pizza was given an international face and a political figurehead as a result.

Following the viral internet response, President Guðni posted the following message on Facebook to retract his proposal to ban pineapples on pizza and clarify his statements at the high school:

It was a brilliant response and just generated even more waves of news, as more people who shared the topic were apparently concerned about the pineapple on pizza debate and not the limit of a President’s powers, according to Iceland Mag.

One thing has us confused though within his video response: recommending seafood items on pizza? I know that Iceland produces a ton of seafood-based products, but to actually put them on pizza?

I guess it’s probably better than putting pineapple on pizza, at least.

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Icelandic Brewery Announces Ballsy New Beer Infused With Whale Testicles

Stedji, an Icelandic microbrewery, is out to upset whale conservationists yet again by announcing the January 23rd release of the Hvalur 2: a beer they say includes “sheep-shit-smoked whale balls.”

Stedji rubbed the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDC) the wrong way in 2014 with the Hvalur 1, which was simply made with whale meal (yummy ground bones and intestines). The WDC managed to get Stedji to stop making the original Hvalur, but all existing batches still sold out rapidly.

Back with a vengeance, this new beer formula uses the testicles of endangered fin whales to add a meaty flavor. Because, you know, that’s what everyone’s been searching for in their craft beer: meat.

Evidently, Iceland has more sheep excrement than trees, which spawned a national tradition of drying out the waste and using it to smoke…food. Why not apply this method to some salted whale testicles and put the resulting concoction into a definitely-not-worth-it 5.2% alc./volume beer?

Learning from last year’s mistakes, Stedji has the necessary licenses and permissions to make sure they can continue to produce the Hvalur 2, all the way up to the extinction of the second largest whale species.

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Chocolate Mountains

This might be one of the most detailed desserts I’ve ever seen. Designer Brynhildur Pálsdóttir working with Iceland’s premier chocolate company, Hafliði Ragnarsson, developed and produced these incredibly complex treats. There are four multi-layered mountains that are edible models of real geological structures. (Thx CoolHunting)