Fun time following the coverage of this and that. On one hand, journalism has its uses, on the other, not so much.
The Great Hamburger Myth
NPR even ran this this morning, much to my disgust. Some art person in England or somewhere bought a McDonalds Happy Meal a while ago, set it out on a plate and photographed it daily to document its decomposition, or lack thereof. Who says the Internet isn’t a forum for serious work?
Needless to say, the hamburger didn’t decompose. As related here (click) it just sat, getting hard as a rock. This is being reported with glee by all and sundry because it proves,once again, that McDonalds hamburgers are loaded with preservatives and the things will never decay.
I don’t eat at McDonalds. I worked at one once for 6 months and it took me two years to go back to one. Since then I’ve learned that fast food in general was one of many causes of the diverticulitis I had a few years back, so I tend to avoid all foods that are fiber-free balls of fat, essentially. Which, as I said, lets out most fast food.
So except for the occasional sausage McMuffin (yummy) I’m not a fan.
But fair is fair. The McDonalds people say they only use pure beef, USDA inspected, and I believe them. They say it has no preservatives or extenders, and I believe them.
So why doesn’t the burger rot? Hey, you live in Utah, ever hear of beef jerky? Jerky is RAW meat that is left out to dry, and we all eat jerky all the time. It doesn’t get moldy, it doesn’t rot, it just sits.
And that’s what’s going on here: This so-called artist took a hunk of cooked meat and left it out in a house that, I am guessing, is air conditioned so it will be pretty dry. In dry air meat, and bread, don’t rot, they dry out. The story repeatedly says the burger is hard as a rock, and that means it’s dried out.
Drying meat preserves it. I wouldn’t eat this burger because it was not dried out in a manner to prevent bacteria settling in, but it’s not going to rot any time soon. As long as it stays dry it won’t mold. Dry air in Egypt has kept stuff in old tombs preserved for thousands of years.
Want it to rot? Stick it in wet dirt or tuck it into the compost pile (which you have to keep wet) and check back in a week.
And quit picking on McDonalds for things like this. Go after them for fat and calorie content.
MEANWHILE, Utah journalists are doing a good job of keeping on top of the LDS gay bashing thing. The way Elder Boyd K. Packer tried to re-write history to try to asuage the anger of gays everywhere is rather shameless.
My own take: Packer says he can’t believe God would make perverts, so they should just cut it out. But isn’t that drawing a judgement on God? The LDS Church does say that being gay is not a choice, so that ought to settle the question of whether gays are really perverts.
Seems to me, the proper thing is to look at those God has created and say “Well, God must have had his reasons. Who am I to question?”
Yeah, yeah, the Old Testament says God condemns gays. It says a lot of thing. Jesus said he was tossing all that out, remember? “I will tear down this temple …” and so on?
He’s the guy who said to treat everyone as you want to be treated, but what did he know?