Don Gorske, a 57 year old retired prison guard from the town of Fond du Lac in Wisconsin loves his Big Macs. He has been eating them for 39 years.
And he was recently honoured for eating his 25,000th Big Mac in a ceremony held … in his hometown MacDonald’s. Well, where else?
Now over 39 years of consumption, that incredible total equates to about 640 burgers a year, or 12 every single week. And Gorske says he will continue to eat Big Macs until he dies. You might think, in these days when the promotion of healthy eating is everywhere, that wouldn’t be too long. But he is thin, exercises every day and his cholesterol is said to be low.
It all started on May 17 1972, when Gorske bought three Big Macs to celebrate the purchase of a new car. And things just went on from there. In the burger fan’s own words:
“When I was 19 years old I had eaten my first 1,000 Big Macs and I was kind of like, I thought how long before I hit 10,000?” he said, just before eating the world record 25,000th burger.
“Then it was like, boy, by the time I hit 25,000 I will be old and retired. Well wouldn’t you know, I’m not super old, I am 50-something, but I am retired and stuff, but you don’t dream of living so long as to reach a milestone like that.”
Mr Gorske says he eats a Big Mac in 16 bites and keeps track of his consumption on calendars. Every week he buys six on Monday and eight on Thursday and keeps them in his fridge or freezer until he is ready to eat them. His last Big Mac-less day was Thanksgiving 2000, when he forgot to stock up and MacDonald’s was closed for the holiday.
He said his wife told him the end will come “when she has to put them in a blender”.
I’m not too sure which is worse: eating that many burgers or taking the trouble to keep count.