You know, you gotta love humanity and its pleasure/curiosity impulse. When British archeologists found pornographic artifacts in Greece, Rome and other places, more than a few of them went into personal collections, and most of the rest went into "private" rooms at museums, the better to let Victorians get their jollies.
So when the Finnish government heard divers found the world's oldest drinkable beer off the coast of the autonomous Aland Islands, what did they decide to do? Commission a scientific study to re-brew the beer.
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, and the awesome--and given the tendencies I described earlier--totally rational revelation that a group of beer drinkers slugged down the brewskis, which the scientists think date back to the early 19th century. "They said that it did taste very old, which is no surprise, with some burnt notes," a scientist told the Beeb. "But it was quite acidic--which could mean there's been some fermenting going on in the bottle, and with time, it's become acid."
Fermentation in a container filled with
hops yeast and bacteria? You think?