An image shared on the Reddit forum “Mildly Interesting” left viewers confused and amused after seeing what followed the expiration date printed on a protein bar could be downright medieval.
Published by u/SpasticGoldenToys, “July 22, 1364” was displayed on the side of the packaging of a TRIBE protein bar. Commenters rushed to make jokes about what was printed, while some offered a potential explanation.
“My protein bar expired in medieval times,” reads the title of the post from u/SpasticGoldenToys, which received 23,000 votes at the time of publication.
According to Healthline, different brands of protein bars contain varying nutritional compositions.
“This is largely due to their varied ingredients,” the article said. “Many protein bars can be made from dates and dried fruits, nuts and seeds, and whole grains like oats or quinoa.”
According to the TRIBE website, the brand’s products are made from plant-based proteins. The only non-vegan ingredient in the products is honey.
Redditor u/SpasticGoldenToys wrote at Newsweek that he bought the protein bars last week, calling them his “favorite daily snack”, and that he didn’t check the dates on the other bars.
“I ate them right after taking the picture,” he said.
With 23,000 votes and over 300 comments, u/SpasticGoldenToys said they didn’t expect the response they received from the publication.
“Be careful, the protein bar could carry plague fleas,” one commenter wrote.
“Extra crunch,” another Reddit user replied.
One joked that the protein bar was King Edward III’s favorite snack.
Mocking the ‘five second rule’, another wrote: ‘658 year rule!
“‘It’s always palatable,’ one comment read.
A Redditor has provided a possible explanation behind the numbers following the packaging’s “best before end” rating.
“No one cares, but it’s better before the end of July 2022, not July 22, 1364,” they wrote, noting that 1364 could be the batch code the protein bar came from.
One wrote that it was a “wrong code date format”.
“I wish there were federal guidelines for code dates, similar to nutrition facts,” they commented.
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The original poster showed their uncle guarding the hip and it was placed next to a Buddhist altar in his home.
A Redditor’s post about their niece’s kindergarten homework also went viral on the forum.
The worksheet had a section that confused the Redditor and commenters.
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