Sure, you can probably get away with eating stale crackers -- if you douse them with enough cheese whiz. Attempting to eat a 153-year-old cracker preserved from the freaking Civil War, however, is another story, as one guy demonstrated in a recent YouTube video.
YouTuber Steve1989 MREinfo, who has posted dozens of videos in which he taste-tests insanely old military meals, claims the cracker -- produced in the summer of 1863 -- is likely the oldest cracker ever eaten and one of only a few from the period that still exist. After eating a flaking fragment of the ration, it quickly becomes clear that crackers don't get better with age. Surprise.
"It tastes exactly the way it smells," he says, as if the flavor is not offensive. "It tastes like mothballs and old library books. It's not very good."