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Published December 26, 2018
Updated August 15, 2019

22,000 Signed A Petition To Drink This ‘Mummy Juice’ That’s Actually Just Sewage

Egyptian Mummy Juice

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On July 19, archaeologists finally looked inside the previously-unopened Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that had been unearthed in Alexandria several weeks prior. And what they discovered was three skeletons floating around in a mysterious, 2,000-year-old red liquid, and soon the internet started buzzing about what this “mummy juice” might be.

Some suggested that the liquid might possess some sort of special powers were you to consume it, and actually began a petition calling on Egyptian authorities to allow those who want to drink the “mummy juice” to do so. user Innes McKendrick wrote in the description of the petition that the signees “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” (which is the entirety of the description).

Egypt Black Tomb

Egypt Ministry of AntiquitiesThe unopened sarcophagus.

Apparently, such sentiments resonated with others (whether in earnest or in jest). The petition currently has more than 22,000 signatures — just a couple thousand short of its goal of 25,000.

However, some of those signees might want to reconsider when they learn what researchers have now determined about the identity of the mystery liquid. This “mummy juice” isn’t magical at all, it’s actually just sewage water.

But even this fact hasn’t stopped “elixir of life” believers from wanting to drink the stuff, as petition signatures continue to pile up by the minute.

Bernadette Deron
Bernadette is a digital media producer, writer, and a proud native New Yorker.