People really, really want to drink the water that was in that Egyptian sarcophagus

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Aug 25, 2018, 11:52 AM EDT (Updated)

If you were to go online and start selling anything with the name "Sarcophagus Water" on it, you'd rake in the cash. People everywhere are demanding that they be allowed to sample this hot new concoction, and it's nothing that came out of a home brewery kit or some kind of College of Mixology, either. 

It's the stuff that was found in the mysterious Egyptian sarcophagus, which was finally opened last month after some back and forth about curses and breaking seals. Apparently, it turned out not to be all that extraordinary— according to Scientific American, the untouched find in Alexandria contained three skeletons, and quite a lot of reddish liquid. It did not contain the remains of Alexander the Great, and no curses have been reported. 

Scientists have determined that the water inside the coffin is actually sewage, because sewage facilities are located nearby. Some of the liquid found its way in over the years by way of a previously undiscovered crack in the coffin. Despite the fact that the liquid has been confirmed to be sewage— biological, fetid, human waste— people online (and around the world) are demanding that they be allowed to drink it. 

A petition began online, because of course it did. It now stands at over 32,000 signatures, and it bears the headline "let people drink the red liquid from the dark sarcophagus." What's interesting there is that going by the headline, some people who add their name to the list might just want to see what happens when someone else drinks the stuff... they don't necessarily want to drink it themselves.

Still, some may indeed want to personally ingest this hot new fluid— the caption on the petition reads, "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." 

We may have spoken too soon when we said that there was (as of yet) no curse reported due to the opening of the sarcophagus. The new "sarcophagus water" meme certainly has a great deal of curse potential.

Honestly, we have to admit that we're a tiny bit curious. It might be rancid, but it's been making its home in a little part of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. It's sewage, but it's old sewage. Who knows what effect it might have on the human body?

Doctors and scientists would know, actually. They'd likely say that it would make the one who drinks the sarcophagus water very, very sick, and also make them have to take more than a few sick days. For over 32,000 people (and counting), the sewage water might be worth the squeeze.

Do you want to drink the sarcophagus sewage, or are you content with regular tap water? Let us know in the comments!

(Via: Scientific American,