For more than four decades Don Gorske has been eating at least one (if not two or more) Big Macs each day, missing only eight days total. Gorske, a Guinness Book of World Records holder, has eaten as many as nine Big Mac’s in a day. He even proposed to his wife under the golden arches. He keeps all of the cartons and receipts as proof of purchase. And on May 4, 2018 Gorske ate his 30,000th Big Mac!
These two photos were taken at Don’s 20,000th Big Mac event on July 19, 2004.)
What’s on a Big Mac?
In the Gorske Lab have fun calculating…
- How many heads of beef had Don eaten?
- How many pounds of cheese?
- How many sesame seeds?
and all the rest!
Anecdotes Regarding Don & Big Macs
Don, a Fond du Lac, Wisconsin native, ate his first Big Mac on May 17, 1972. As a teen, he had received his driver’s license and wanted to drive somewhere. So off to McDonalds it was day after day to get the newest menu item, Big Macs. At first he just tossed the containers in the back seat of his car, but after a month of doing so, his friend refused to ride in the car due to the smell. So as he started to unload the cartons, he realized he had eaten 267 in the first month! That is about 9 Big Macs every day for a month. It was at that time he started recording his Big Macs: 1972-1986 on calendars; 1986-2011 on pocket calendars; 2011-present on wall calendars.
In those home notebooks he records the place, the number, and his cumulative total and he can tell you the site of any of his Big Macs. He knows he has eaten a Big Mac in all 48 contiguous states.
When Don married, his new wife cooked for about a month although he did keep eating his Big Macs. After a month, he asked her kindly if she would never mind not cooking again. To this day, he rarely eats anything but two Big Macs and a coke. He doesn’t eat breakfast, nor lunch. During retirement he still stops at McDonalds to place his regular order. On days he is not too hungry, he will eat one Big Mac.
Don even eats Big Macs for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. His freezer always has a few for emergencies and Don will recall a Wisconsin ice storm when he couldn’t get supper at McDonalds. Since 1980, he has only missed eating a Big Mac on eight different occasions. Although it’s been many years since he missed a day (last time on Nov. 23, 2000), Don can recall the reason for each of those eight lapses.
For a man in his upper 60’s, Don is fit and has no health problems. He credits his John Lennon hair to all the red beef he eats. Don said if he ever would feel a desire for fruit, McDonalds does offer an apple pie.
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