When Wikipedia Breaks Down: McDonald’s Menu Items Descriptions

hamburgerjpg.jpgLooking for more information on the Shamrock Shake, we happened to come across the above subtle bit of informational vandalism over at the Wikipedia entry for McDonald’s Menu Items. Click the image for a larger view.

In addition to the cheeseburger and hamburger description, we suspect that the image of a McDonald’s cheeseburger just has to be a plant. No one who wasn’t trying to prove a point would upload an image of something so unpalatable. Yet apparently it’s completely legit.


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  1. airship says:

    It would be bad enough if they just posted a legitimate description of what goes into a McDonald’s hamburger: 1/10 lb. (pre-cooked weight) of a substance that just barely qualifies under USDA regulations as ‘hamburger’. Then provide a link to the USDA’s ‘Focus on Ground Beef’ page: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/pubs/focusgb.htm

  2. GenXCub says:

    1) Why didn’t they go full bore and do the new definitions of the other 2? The ones that were in there could have been better.

    2) I agree that a better PR photo of a Mc D’s cheeseburger could have been used, however, that IS what they look like. It’s hard to say that something is vandalism when that’s actually what they look like when you open the wrapper.

  3. Bubba Barney says:

    Damn! No I have a craving for a Big Mac. That rarely happens anymore. Gee, thanks Consumerist.

  4. Mike says:

    Worthwhile to note that Wikipedia contributors corrected the mistake about two hours after the vandalism was made. With more popularly visited articles, vandalism is corrected within minutes.