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A sandwich from 1886

In Copenhagen there is a museum called the workers' museum. The museum was founded in 1983 and it contains a lot of different objects. One of those objects is an old sandwich. In 1986 some people were renovating a room in a Danish castle called Rosenborg. Behind a mirror they found an old sandwich which had been wrapped in newspaper. The newspaper was from 1886 so the sandwich was exactly 100 years old.

The sandwich probably belonged to a worker who was renovating the castle in 1886, but it is unclear how the sandwich ended behind the mirror. Maybe one of his friends hid the sandwich as a joke or maybe he just left it there and forgot about it. Mice or rats didn't touch the sandwich and 100 years later the bread was extremely dry and hard as stone. The person who lost or forgot his sandwich in 1886 is no longer alive, but his sandwich has become part of a historical exhibition.

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bestwriter wrote on August 4, 2015, 4:54 AM

A sandwich getting such importance I have never heard of till now emoticon :grin:

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 4, 2015, 10:48 AM

I'm with bestwriter . I don't even believe it. Who wraps food in newspaper unless they're throwing it away? I'm sorry. I'm just not buying it.

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 4, 2015, 11:28 AM

That is interesting that sandwiches have been around that long. I thought it was discovered sometime in the 1900s.

Porcospino wrote on August 4, 2015, 1:33 PM

In the past poor people from Denmark often wrapped their food in newspaper, but I don't know if people from other countries did the same thing. Today we have other options, and I am sure that no one uses newspaper today.

RonElFran wrote on August 4, 2015, 7:12 PM

You don't say what kind of sandwich it is, but I bet it was something the workman didn't like, so he got rid of it behind that convenient mirror. Whatever it was, it was so bad even mice didn't want it.

cmoneyspinner wrote on August 5, 2015, 12:43 PM

Did not know that. I would worry about printing ink contaminating my food. I've picked up newspapers to read and the ink was all over hands. Wouldn't want it on my food. So I guess it probably is a sandwich that's 100 years old. (O.o) Thank you for correcting me, the ignorant American.

CoralLevang wrote on August 5, 2015, 8:25 PM

I found this to be one of the most fascinating bits of "news" that could ever be hidden in what journalists report! I loved this! emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on August 5, 2015, 8:32 PM

My grandfather (1899) and grandmother (1905) were Scandinavian and I remember their thriftiness. Newspaper was used for many things. She used to use newspaper to blot the fat off of fried fish, draining it on several sheets of it when she fried smelt or trout. When I was in England 15 years ago, the fish and chips were wrapped in newspaper first, before bagging them for take away. I don't think it was done for the tourists, because I was not in a tourist area.

CalmGemini wrote on August 12, 2015, 2:11 AM

I do believe the part about the sandwich wrapped in news paper. This is the first time I am hearing about a sandwich being exhibited in a museum. Did you overhear any comments by any visitors about this exhibit?

Last Edited: August 12, 2015, 2:12 AM