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Wisconsin Man Eats His 25,000th Big Mac

posted on May 20, 2011

Wisconsin (AP) - A retired prison guard ate his 25,000th Big Mac this week, 39 years after eating his first … nine.

Don Gorske was honored Tuesday during a ceremony at aMcDonald's in his hometown of Fond du Lac. Surely McDonald's most loyal customer, Gorske was recognized by Guinness World Records three years and 2,000 Big Macs ago.

"I plan on eating Big Macs until I die," said Gorske, 57. "I have no intentions of changing. It's still my favorite food.... I look forward to it every day."

Gorske, who appeared in the 2004 documentary "Super Size Me," which examined the fast-food industry, looks nothing like one might expect of a fast-food junkie. He's trim and walks regularly for exercise, and attributes his build to being "hyperactive." He said that he was recently given a clean bill of health and that his cholesterol is low.

His obsession with the 540-calorie burger — two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun, for those not familiar with the once-ubiquitous ads — started May 17, 1972, when he bought three Big Macs to celebrate the purchase of a new car. He was hooked, and went back to McDonald's twice more that day, eating nine before they closed.

He's gone only eight days since without a Big Mac, and most days he eats two.

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