A few weeks back archaeologists uncovered a 2,000-year-old, black granite sarcophagus hidden underground at a construction site in Alexandria, Egypt, and this week a man from Surry, England, has started a petition to allow people to drink the liquid found in the coffin.
Measuring three metres in length and nearly two metres in height, the 50-tonne coffin was finally opened a few days ago after Egypt’s Ministry Of Antiques created a committee of archaeologists to crack open the sealed tomb.
Many hoped it would contain the remains of ancient Greek leader Alexander The Great, while others worried opening the long-buried sarcophagus would unleash a deadly curse and bring about the downfall of mankind. If you’ve seen The Mummy you’ll understand why people were frightened, and I’m not talking about Brendan Fraser’s acting.
Sadly neither theory proved correct, with the inside of the coffin revealing three skeletons believed to be the remains of ancient Egyptian army officers and a large pool of red-brown sewerage water that had seeped into the coffin over the last 2,000 years.
Discussing the public's fear that disturbing of the tomb could unleash some sort of Pharaoh’s curse, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiques Mostafa Waziri said; “We’ve opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness. I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus… and here I stand before you…I am fine.”
While Waziri appeared fine, the smell from inside the coffin – due to the sewer water – was said to have momentarily stopped the retrieval efforts after making archaeologists feel sick. This hasn’t deterred Innes McKendrick, the man who’s started a Change.org petition calling on authorities to allow people to drink the liquid found in the coffin.
McKendrick explained on the page for his petition; “We need to drink the red liquid from the cursed dark sarcophagus in the form of some sort of carbonated energy drink so we can assume its powers and finally die.”
You’d assume McKendrick’s joking but over 25,000 people have signed his petition since it went live a week ago, with hundreds of people expressing their wish to also drink the mummy juice.
In response to people telling him the sewer water is harmful McKendrick replied; “Please stop trying to tell me the skeleton juice is mostly sewage, that’s impossible, everyone knows skeletons cannot poop.”
McKendrick’s goal is to get to 35,000 signatures, so you might as well add your name to the list, as everyone knows once he hits his target the Egyptian Government must let him drink the mummy liquid because an online petition is an official and legal document, right?