Two things I didn’t know about the London Olympics

1. Danny Boyle is heading the opening ceremony.
2. McDonald’s, as a sponsor of the Olympics, had a monopoly on serving french fries in and around Olympic venues (unless the french fries were also served with fish). McDonald’s recently agreed to waive this requirement.

Cue frustrated scenes at the lunch counter in the ceremonies catering area where staff were toiling over the staging for Danny Boyle’s 27 July opening extravaganza. “Please understand this is not the decision of the staff who are serving up your meals who, given the choice, would gladly give it to you, however they are not allowed to,” read a notice pinned up by staff. “Please do not give the staff grief, this will only lead to us removing fish and chips completely.”

Two things I didn’t know about the London Olympics

On McDonald’s burgers not aging

You have let me down, internet. Earlier in the week, a to do was made about the artist Sally Davies and her series of 137 daily photographs of a McDonald’s Happy Meal. The upshot is that McDonald’s Happy Meals when left out on the counter don’t really change much (as most food wouldn’t in a low humidity environment). There’s supposed to be a big shock.

Let me tell you, reader, there was. The first time I saw this story. On March 3rd of this year, BabyBites.info posted a photo of their year old Happy Meal (2 weeks later, BoingBoing posted via Consumerist). Three weeks after that, Sally Davies started her daily photo project. I don’t know if Sally Davies was inspired to start her project after seeing any of these stories, but even if she wasn’t I can’t be the only one who remembered we saw similar pictures 6 months ago. It’s not even like this was last year. I’m going to go take a minute, you get back to me when you want to share original stuff I won’t care about 5 minute from now.

McDonald's Burgers

Updated:
OK, OK, people have been leaving McDonald’s burgers out forever. Jason reminded me of this, while Hubs reminded me of this Supersize Me bonus. And we must never forget one of the original internet experiments, the stinkymeat project.

On McDonald’s burgers not aging