Flash-forward 6000 years and we’ve evolved all the way to foot and bucket technology. Moving forward the Egyptians and their huge structure building slave population, those happy laborers that built the pyramids would each ration four to five liters of beer a day. This counted as a form of payment so the Egyptian government could classify them as employees and not interns thus avoiding the slave tax.
Sobering-up, CHEESE — the milk that keeps. No one knows exactly how fermentation first introduced cheese to the world but the legend ain’t bad. An Arabian merchant is set to cross the desert. He’s agreed to pay another merchant for some milk but failed to secure a plastic jug from anywhere in the world, yet he’s got a pouch made from a sheep’s stomach. He crosses the desert and does his nomadic sort of thing. When he gets to camp, he opens the pouch and takes a drink. Instead of throwing up, he finds the way to be quenching and the curds to be delectable. Cheese is still made this way accidentally, even today all over the world in lazy people’s refrigerators.
Final anecdote and shout out to Asia. Genghis Khan — a man who, like a yeast cell, converted people into acids, gases, and alcohol in the form of murdering them. He is noted for officially bringing sauerkraut to the West… so thanks I guess? But seriously Genghis, just because sauerkraut is awesome we’re not going to look the other way on you being an epic pillaging scumbag.
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