Sometimes we all crave some greasy, fried, cheap, and unhealthy food just for the indulgence of it. We are wired to love sugar, fat, and salt because they are vital to the body properly functioning. Additionally, our brain’s pleasure center activates when we eat salt, sugar, and fat. In fact, it craves even more, because human beings evolved from a time when these elements were scarce.
Another “charm” of ordering fast food is that you can get it almost anywhere. Thanks to the vast number of fast-food restaurants available, you can literally find junk food everywhere on this planet.
Another reason we love fast food is that, for some strange reason, it’s freaking delicious (in most cases). Sometimes, though, it can be really gross. If you’re trying to stop eating junk food but you need a little boost, the following list of the 25 Grossest Things You Won’t Believe Were Found in Fast Food will definitely help you on your mission to eat healthier food.
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Chicken Head in a Happy Meal
On the night of November 27, 2000, Mrs. Katherine Ortega from Virginia bought a box of fried chicken wings at a McDonald’s restaurant and took it home to her family.
While dishing it up to feed her children, Ortega noticed that one of the pieces looked, well… a little strange. Examining it more closely, she saw it had eyes and a beak. She screamed.
It wasn’t a wing at all, she realized; it was a chicken’s head: battered, fried, and fully intact.
Condom in a Big Mac
In 1997, a man named Jeff Bolling found a rolled-up condom when he bit into a Big Mac. This unpleasant discovery made him violently ill. No surprise there.
Jeff Bolling sued McDonald’s immediately, but the famous fast-food chain’s management denied any wrongdoing. (Perhaps biting a condom instead of a pickle should be fully expected when you eat there.)
Condom in Happy Meal
If you thought that only Big Macs are served with condoms at McDonald’s, then you’re sadly mistaken. They are also served with Happy Meals.
In 2009, a Swiss 7-year-old girl discovered a condom in her McDonald’s Happy Meal. Fribourg state police in Switzerland said that the mother called them right after her daughter discovered the condom among her French fries.
Apparently, McDonald’s has very high standards on an international level. No complaints there.
Mouse in a Curry Jar
Cate Barrett, from England, bought a jar of Extra Special Tikka Masala sauce from a local Asda store in Cornwall. After she emptied the jar on her pasta, she noticed that the sauce was “a bit lumpy.” After looking a little closer, she noticed a dead mouse.
Asda claimed this was an “isolated incident” and apologized for. The specific product is no longer on sale there.
Cockroach in a Hash Brown
A Dutchman who stopped at McDonald’s for an early breakfast discovered a deep-fried cockroach attached to the hash brown he bought.
He didn’t freak out, though. He just took a photo and posted it on Facebook. The photo showed a crushed cockroach with splayed wings plastered to the potato cake.
The man said the cockroach was hidden from sight by the paper with which the hash brown was served. Luckily, he didn’t eat it.
Razor in Wal-Mart Ice Cream
In 2011, an East Texas woman named Stephanie Granger bit into a razor blade in a carton of Great Value ice cream. This may not sound as gross as some of the other “delicious contents” on this list, but it’s more dangerous than most of them.
Regardless, Granger handled the situation like a boss. She didn’t blame or sue anyone for that unfortunate incident, but she made sure to ask Wal-Mart to make sure this wouldn’t happen again.
Rat's Head in a Popeye's Order
In 2016, an image depicting a deep-fried rat’s head went viral. It had been served to a very unlucky customer at a Harlem-area Popeye’s Chicken outlet.
Some people claimed that it wasn’t really a rat’s head but some other organ from a chicken’s body. Myth or not, the picture of this fried piece of “chicken” doesn’t look all that appealing.
Human Skin in an Arby's Chicken Sandwich
David Scheiding from Dayton, Ohio, made about $50K in 2005 for finding human skin in his chicken sandwich. Scheiding realized something wasn’t right when he bit into the sandwich and found a piece of flesh about three-fourths of an inch long.
The manager claimed that he had sliced skin from his thumb while shredding lettuce and sanitized the area but didn’t throw away the bin of lettuce.
For Scheiding’s bad luck, his sandwich contained that tainted lettuce. (Well, we’re not sure if that was bad luck; you don’t make $50K every day.)
Nails in Mac-and-Cheese
Rebecca Shorten was hospitalized a few days before her wedding for all the wrong reasons. What happened to her? The poor girl swallowed a nail buried in a Tesco ready meal.
Shorten was tucking into the macaroni cheese when she took down what she thought was an extra-crispy strip of pasta. When she found two more nails in the snack, she realized that it wasn’t crispy pasta she had just swallowed.
After having a mini panic attack, she went to the hospital. The X-ray confirmed that the nail was in her body and poor Rebecca had to wait for it to “exit” the natural way.
Meth on the Secret Menu at In-N-Out
A milkshake lover in Downey, California, got more than he asked for when he stopped by In-N-Out Burger for dinner. Fred Maldonado noticed two capsules in the bottom of his cup after finishing his burger and shake.
According to his claims, he tested the capsules and found out that they contained methamphetamine. When he went back to the restaurant, the manager apologized and offered him a free burger. Not pleased with the response, he decided to sue the chain. In-N-Out called the allegations “baseless.”
Imagine taking a bite out of a delicious doughnut, but ending up with a piece of sharp metal in your mouth. This is exactly what happened to two poor guys who purchased a dozen doughnuts at a Smith’s Food & Drug store in Draper, Utah, back in 2013.
For the record, the doughnuts were not made in the Smith’s bakery, but were manufactured out of state and sent to that store in sealed, tamper-proof packaging, according to the bakery’s spokeswoman.
A Snake's Head at TGI Fridays
Jack Pendleton found what he would least expect while dining with his friends at TGI Fridays: a snakehead the size of his thumb, mixed in with his vegetables.
TGI Fridays’ director immediately asked the New York State Police to open a criminal investigation on the case.
After the snakehead was sent for testing at an independent laboratory, it was confirmed that it had never been cooked but instead had been added to the cooked broccoli.
The question is: Who would do such a thing? A mad ex-girlfriend or something? We will probably never know.
Tampon in a Steak
Axel Sanz-Claus, a tourist from Germany, was enjoying a perfect visit to New York City until having his first dinner there. He ordered steak and spinach from the Bull and Bear Steak House at the Waldorf Astoria.
Sanz-Claus realized that something not as delicious was “hiding” in his food. What exactly was that? A blood-soaked tampon.
“I had it in my mouth, chewed it, and nearly swallowed it,” said poor Sanz-Claus. Yep, we will agree. This is definitely the kind of experience that can traumatize you for the rest of your life.
Rat in Baked Beans
In 2010, a dead rat was found inside a tin of baked beans. The dead rat climbed or fell into the tin at the factory, according to a postmortem, which established it had been entombed during tinning.
A cook discovered the rodent on opening the catering tin. Britain’s most famous baked bean manufacturer, Heinz, issued a statement denying it was “in any way connected to this incident.”
After that truly gross incident, public analysts found a good chance to highlight the whole thing as an extreme example of the kind of public health risks in the food system.
Bullets in Costco Hot Dog
Olivia Chanes was peacefully eating her hot dog in the food court at the Costco superstore in Irvine, California when she bit into something hard.
It turned out to be a live 9-millimeter round. After she went to the hospital with abdominal pains, X-rays revealed another round in her stomach.
Police questioned Costco workers and searched through the food court’s remaining packages of Hebrew National hot dogs, but found no more bullets.
Syringe in a Burger King Sandwich
A woman from New York claimed that she bit into a needle lodged in a breakfast sandwich at a Burger King back in 2001. She quickly filed a lawsuit, seeking $11 million in damages, after the incident.
Angelina Cruz claimed that she endured significant psychological and physical damages after the incident and that the whole thing made her live with the constant fear that she might have contracted an infectious disease.
Alright, she may be exaggerating a little … but can you blame her?
Band-Aid in McDonald's Fries
In 2005, a woman from California named Lauren Coleman claimed to find a Band-Aid in her McDonald’s french fries. After picking up lunch at a McDonald’s drive-thru, Coleman grabbed a handful of french fries and placed them in her mouth.
She quickly noticed that the texture was way off. She spat out what she was attempting to eat and realized that her french fries didn’t have ketchup, but instead some good old’ Band-Aid “sauce.”
Tooth in Candy Bar
It was New Year’s Day when Sue Calhoun and her husband took a trip to Dallas to pick up a new tractor. The woman grabbed a candy bar to eat while on the road.
After she took a couple of bites she felt like something wasn’t right. Initially, she thought that it was just a peanut, but she quickly realized that there was more than just a peanut.
Her Milky Way candy bar contained a tooth with a silver filling. “Every time I think about it, I kind of get sick to my stomach because I don’t know what kind of mouth it came out of,” said poor Calhoun.
Dead Frog in Pepsi
Fred DeNegri was grilling in his backyard when he cracked open a can of Diet Pepsi, took a thirsty gulp and immediately started gagging.
The flavor of his Pepsi was rank and the texture was thick like slime. He immediately took it to a sink and shook out the contents until something resembling “pink linguini” slid out, followed by “dark stuff.”
Despite persistent shaking, a heavy object remained inside the can. Completely disgusted, the DeNegris called poison control and the FDA, and the can was taken in for lab testing to identify the source of the sludgy mess.
They found a dead frog in the bottom of the can.
Lung Attached to Fried Chicken at KFC
Marc Nicholls from Australia chewed into what he thought was a piece of chicken breast but he ended up feeling sick when he realized what it was.
“It was disgusting; it was absolutely vile,” the man said and we can’t blame him.
See, the piece he paid for wasn’t a chicken breast, but more likely a lung or kidney. KFC, however, calmly claimed that it was just a little “human” mistake during cutting and that such things happen to everyone.
Dead Mouse in a Soda
A South Dakota man had the bad luck of finding a dead mouse in a can of Coca-Cola. However, the soda titan shamelessly defended itself in the lawsuit in a rather stomach-churning fashion.
The lawyers of Coca-Cola claimed that if the mouse was really in the Coke can, it should have been more decomposed than it was.
Knife in a Subway Sandwich
A man claimed that he was nearly cut when he found a knife baked into the bun of a cold-cut 12-inch sandwich he bought at a Subway restaurant in New York City.
John Agnesini knew from the very first bite that his lunch didn’t taste right. The 27-year-old was horrified to find a 7-inch serrated blade in the bread.
Fortunately, he was lucky enough not to slash the side of his mouth and end up looking like the Joker.
Human Finger at Wendy's Meal
In 2005, Anna Ayala was dining at a San Jose Wendy’s restaurant when she claimed she chomped down on a partially-cooked segment of a human finger.
The fast-food chain suffered an estimated $21 million in lost business. Truth be told, however, it wasn’t the fast-food chain’s fault. It was later proven that Ayala prepared the piece of ring finger at her Las Vegas home, then drove it to San Jose, where she dropped it into the chili.
"Bloody" Taco Bell
A customer of a Louisville KFC/Taco Bell claimed that she found human blood all over her order.
Breanna Ralston and her one-year-old daughter were already home and had already eaten part of their dinner by the time she discovered what looked like human blood on the bag and wrappers.
When she called the Taco Bell to complain, she was told that the blood came from an employee who had “cut her finger.” No biggie, right, Taco Bell?
Deep Fried Paper Towel
A mother in Newcastle, England, was horrified when her stepson bit into a deep-fried blue paper towel. The two of them purchased takeout from a KFC branch in Killingsworth, according to the Express.
At home, Oliver took a bite out of what he assumed was chicken. He recoiled at the taste. We only hope it wasn’t a used paper towel!!!