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Wisconsin man sets world record for Big Macs eaten in a lifetime

Believe it or not, he only goes to McDonald's twice a week.

There are 540 calories in a McDonald's Big Mac, and a man from Wisconsin has eaten 30,000 of them. 

Don Gorske is his name and he had cameras from TV stations in Wisconsin following him on Friday as he walked into his favorite McDonald's and chowed down the iconic burger with special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame-seed bun for the 30,000th time. 

He's recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most Big Macs consumed in a lifetime, setting the record in 2017 with Big Mac number 29,482. 

"When I was very little even, I told my dad once that someday I'm going to eat here every day. It's kind of funny that it really did happen," Gorske said in an interview with WFDL Radio

Gorske, 62, was born in Green Bay and currently lives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He started eating Big Macs 46 years ago. 


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"In 1972, I got a car and the first place I went to was McDonald's and I had three Big Macs. That was the best double burger I ever had in my life," Gorske told WFDL, "and I got really hooked." 

Think about this for a minute. 

Gorske said he's actually lost five pounds since eating his 25,000th Big Mac and is now down to 190 pounds. 

There have been about 16,800 days in the last 46 years, giving Gorske an average of about 1.78 Big Macs per day. Some of the other statistics are staggering. 

  • 16,200,000 calories (540 cal. each)
  • 28,500,000 milligrams of sodium (950 mg each)
  • 1,380,000 grams of carbs (46 g each)
  • 60,000 beef patties
  • 60,000 slices of cheese

Perhaps the wildest thing about Mr. Big Mac is that he doesn't go to McDonald's every day. He buys six of them every Monday and eight more every Thursday, then reheating them throughout the week. 

"I look forward to it every day," said Gorske. 

Gorske even promised his mom at one point that he'd have one non-Big Mac meal per day, which he said is the reason his count isn't as high as it otherwise would be. 

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