Watch a Man Eat Food From the Civil War

Food is one of the pieces of common ground that people of all cultures share. Food is the one language we’re all forced to speak. And then there’s Steve1989 MREinfo. He just likes to eat really old military rations. It’s kind of his thing.

Steve has eaten the old-as-hell food of armies from countless wars, but this piece of Civil War hardtack (a cracker-y type of food) is by far the oldest thing he’s ever ingested. Hardtack was intended to be, well, hard. It’s lack of moisture is what kept them from rotting, so it’s difficult to say if it’s really even gone stale in any recognizable sense. All we know is that this cracker survived century-and-a-half after the war, only to be eaten by a guy who loves Phil Collins.

At first he describes the taste as similar to a library book or mothball. I wouldn’t put it past him to have firsthand experience eating either. The hardtack gets tossed into some water to soften up, and takes on a eraser-like taste, similar to car tires. Who could resist flavor descriptions like that? Finally, Steve tosses it into some coffee to get the authentic infantry experience, minus the bullet wounds, gangrene, amputations etc.

Advertisement

Although two other videos have since been uploaded to Steve’s channel, they appear to have gone up around the same time as the hardtack tasting, meaning they were probably shot and uploaded in batches. Who want to take guesses on his currently level of intestinal distress? The words “ass geyser” come to mind.

SPLOID is delicious brain candy. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Senior reporter. Tech + labor /// bgmwrites@gmail.com Keybase: keybase.io/bryangm Securedrop: http://gmg7jl25ony5g7ws.onion/

Share This Story

Get our `newsletter`

DISCUSSION

disposable002

I know that in the 19th century “ship’s biscuit,” which was very similar to hardtack, often had so many weevils in it that it was accepted procedure to rap it sharply on the table a few times, then set it down for a while to allow as many bugs as possible to emerge. The eater inevitably consumed a number of bugs, though, even with this precaution. An accepted aspect of sea life.

(Patrick O’Brian fans: I want credit for not using a “lesser of two weevils” joke here.)