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Man in Wisconsin Celebrates Half-Century Mark of Daily Big Macs


It was a day to remember back on May 17th, 2972, when Don Gorske sunk his teeth into what would be the first of many more Big Mac cheeseburgers from McDonald’s.

“I’ve only missed eight days in 50 years, which is phenomenal. And I like to say, I count every Big Mac. I’ve counted every Big Man I’ve eaten my whole life,” said Gorske.

Gorske eats two Big Mac cheeseburgers every day.

“All through life here, a lot of people said, ‘You’ll be dead before you reach 50 years of eating Big Macs.’ I guess I proved them wrong,” he boasted.

Gorske’s son doesn’t find his father’s persistence surprising. “We always went to McDonald’s with my dad and had Happy Meals. I always loved my chicken nuggets, and my brother always loved his hamburgers. It’s how we grew up. It’s just an everyday life kind of thing for us,” he shared. “I used to eat chicken nuggets every day. I used to eat cheeseburgers every day, but eventually you just get sick of it. I don’t know how he does it, but he certainly does,” he continued.

Gorske remains determined to eat Big Macs with a Coca-Cola on the side until his dying day.

“A lot of times people will say, ‘You look like I’m eating a Big Mac for the first time,” said Gorske. “I guess that’s how I feel sometimes. They’re that good to me, and there’s really nothing else I’d rather eat.”


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