McDonald's is one of the world's shared guilty pleasures. Yeah, we all know that the food is probably not the most healthy thing out there, but have you ever had a sausage McGriddle and hashbrown? Or a 6-piece chicken nugget with fries? If so, then you know that the taste is usually worth whatever after effects you have to deal with - as long as you eat responsibly of course.
The granddaddy of all the McDonald's menu items is the Big Mac. If you're old enough to remember the famous commercial, then you know exactly what goes in them: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions - on a sesame seed bun. That sounds all well and good, but maybe there is something more sinister lurking within the famous burger. Recently, YouTuber Tito4re decided to run an experiment to see what would happen if you poured molten copper on a Big Mac. He had no idea what to expect going in, but he was more than shocked by the result.
It turns out, the beef inside the Big Mac repelled the molten copper and left the burger mostly intact, definitely not the result he was expecting. There are a variety of Internet commenters willing to provide an explanation. Some say that Big Macs are loaded with a variety of chemicals that cause these weird effects to occur. Others say it can simply be explained with a scientific property called the Leidenfrost Effect. As Facebook user John Brandt explained, the Leidenfrost Effect is "caused by the moisture content of the filling. As the super hot metal flows past it, the surface moisture vaporises forming a barrier which once again doesn't conduct heat very well." Whatever the cause is, I don't think I'll ever be able to look at a Big Mac the same way.
H/T: 7 News Australia