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."
The eating process doesn't get much better from there. The cracker, which was pretty hard when it was fresh more than 150 years ago, is now so hard that he's afraid it may crack his teeth. Soaking it in a crusty old military tin of water helps soften it, but somehow makes the flavor even worse.
"It tastes like rubber," he says, as if continuing to eat it is perfectly fine. "I literally feel like I'm biting down on an eraser or rubber. It really does have an industrial kind of flavor and smell to it too."
Granted, the video is 14 minutes long, but seeing Steve's genuine fascination and reactions to the disgusting piece of cracker history is probably worth the time.