1. So here’s a cool story that’s slowly been making its way around the internet:
2. The gist of it is: 31-year-old Lisa McDowell found an abnormal clump of mayonnaise in the McChicken Sandwich served to her at her local McDonald’s in Michigan.
^ Inordinate amount of “mayonnaise” photoshopped into McChicken Sandwich by BuzzFeed’s Matt Bellassai.
3. And, from her own life experiences, she recognized the texture as being that of semen.
“On Birthdays and holidays I give my man a little something extra in the bedroom, you know? So when I licked the mayo off of the bun, the texture was familiar,” she reportedly said.
4. The story goes on to say that Lisa McDowell woke up with red rashes around her mouth in the following days, which were identified as being herpes.
^ Picture taken off of Wikipedia page for “Herpes.” Not really Lisa McDowell.
5. Reports continue:
McDowell immediately called over the manager who denied the allegations, so she contacted the local health department.They sent the “mayo” remains off for testing and the results were positive for 2 different types of semen.
The manager confirmed that two employees were fired as a result of her allegations and the positive semen test results. The manager of the McDonald’s also added, “We can’t always keep an eye on our employee’s conduct. We can only hope, during the interview process, that we are able to hire employees that meet our companies standards.”
6. Sure, it sounds absurd but people totally believe it. When you search “McDonalds semen” on Twitter, the first thing you see is a Dominos ad…
7. But THEN you see a lottttttttt of very concerned citizens from around the world:
12. We ourselves weren’t so quick to buy the story, so we did some sophisticated investigative reporting:
15. A McDonald’s spokesperson told BuzzFeed in an email: “We have no record of any such claim at McDonald’s.”
16. What we found, however, is a wonderful trend in viral internet hoaxes: the “found semen in my food!” hoax. Or, as Snopes calls it:
17. The trend is older than a decade, and usually employs the exact same plot it did this time. It has targeted Olive Garden, McDonald’s, and several other chains around the world.
Read Snopes.com’s full explainer here.