Whenever researchers uncover an ancient relic from thousands of years past, it seems people will go to great lengths in order to eat the antiquities for dinner. Just as weirdos clamored to drink the noxious mummy juice from an Egyptian sarcophagus earlier this month, a similar group of trolls is trying do the same with the oldest cheese ever discovered.
An archeological research team in Egypt discovered a 3,200 year-old vat of cheese in the tomb of Ptahmes, publishing their find the journal Analytical Chemistry in July. The cheese, which scientists determined was 3,200 years old, was teeming with a bacterium that can cause the disease brucellosis -- rendering the discovery not only the world's most archaic dairy product, but the oldest case of a dairy-based pathogen.
While news of the discovery traveled last week, the internet drew parallels between the cheese and the filthy Egyptian crypt, and made plenty of ironic overtures to the powers that be in order to eat the bacteria-laden cheese.