A brand-new Happy MealA newborn Happy Meal.Joann BrusoHappy birthday to you, you look just like new. A year later you can’t tell, and the fries still don’t smell. Happy birthday, dear Happy Meal, happy birthday to you!

This is what a Happy Meal looks like before — and after — Joann Bruso put it on her shelf for one year.

This is what she had to say after staring at Ol’ McDonald’s little box of joy for so long:

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NOPE, no worries at all. My Happy Meal is one year old today and it looks pretty good. It NEVER smelled bad. The food did NOT decompose. It did NOT get moldy, at all. …

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I think ants, mice and flies are smarter than people, because they weren’t fooled. They never touched the Happy Meal. Children shouldn’t either.

Happy Meal after one year on the shelfThe little tyke at one year!Joann BrusoTurns out the only slow thing about fast food is how long it takes to decompose.

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