Preserved McDonalds chips from over half a century ago found hidden in wall

We’ve all heard tales of McDonald’s food lasting for years and staying in apparently perfect condition but a family in Illinois may have discovered the most ancient McDonald’s meal of all.

Rob and Grace Jones were doing some renovations on their home in Crystal Lake, north Chicago, and opened up a section of wall in their bathroom.

Inside was a mysterious bundle wrapped up in a towel. Grace says there was a moment when they thought they might have stumbled on a hidden dead body.

"We were expecting the worst,” she told NBC News. “We were both like, 'Oh, my gosh, we're going to be unveiling a cold case here,’" adding that she pulled her two small kids away in case there was something grisly inside.

But when the couple unwrapped the wadded-up towel they found two slightly-crumpled burger wrappers and a perfectly-preserved portion of fries.

"Not a cold case, just some cold fries," said Grace, 31. "They were very well preserved."

Rob posted pictures of the archaeological find to Reddit, asking “Renovating my bathroom and found this in my wall. Do I try them or stuff them back in the wall?”

He added: “Our house was built in 1959 and pretty sure these have been there since. Still perfectly crispy.”

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The wrappers had the original McDonald’s mascot, Speedee, printed on them – dating the packaging to before 1962.

The Jones family’s ranch style house was built in 1959, just four years after the very first McDonald’s opened in California. Records show that a McDonald’s branch opened in Crystal Lake at around the same time.

It wasn’t until 1963 that Ronald McDonald started appearing in McDonald’s ads. He was developed from an earlier character called Bozo the Clown by TV personality Willard Scott.

At the time, Bozo was the hottest children's show on the air,” Willard explained.

“You could probably have sent Pluto the Dog or Dumbo the Elephant over and it would have been equally as successful. But I was there, and I was Bozo… There was something about the combination of hamburgers and Bozo that was irresistible to kids…

“That's why when Bozo went off the air a few years later, the local McDonald's people asked me to come up with a new character to take Bozo's place. So, I sat down and created Ronald McDonald”.

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