Saturday, September 3, 2016

The First Soda Straw...!

So often we take thinks for granted just because we consider them to be so common.

Take the simple straw for instance. Been around a long time, right? Turns out that it's been around a lot longer than you might believe!

First Drinking Straw Was Made Of Gold

Photo credit: Sumerian Shakespeare

Drinking straws aren’t one of those things you imagine coming hand in hand with the dawn of civilization. But the cheap plastic bending tubes you use to keep your clumsy kid from spilling have been around since the world’s first empire—although back then, they were a lot fancier.

The oldest drinking straw was found in a 5,000-year-old tomb and was made out of gold encrusted with precious blue stones. The owner was so proud of his straw that he even put a seal in his tomb that showed him using it to drink out of a jar, lest anyone forget that he liked to sip drinks with his sippy straw.

There’s a reason. Sumerians used straws to drink beer, which was as thick as porridge in those days. That might sound disgusting, but Sumerians considered beer to be a gift from the gods. So using a gold straw was just giving beer the respect it deserved.
I told ya the straw had been around for a long time. Even I didn't know just how long it's been until I read this article from Listverse.

Coffee out on the patio today!


Chickenmom said...

That is pretty darn neat, Mr. Hermit! Didn't realize that were around for such a long time!

Gorges Smythe said...

Some folks STILL have a lot of respect for beer! lol

JO said...

I thought for sure they would say they were made out of straw reeds or bamboo but gold wow.

Need a couple of cups this morning as some neighbors think because they are out and about everyone is.

Rob said...

"How beer saved the world" was worth the 45-60 min it takes to watch. It was on youtube the lat time I looked.

Dizzy-Dick said...

One thing I have never done, and that is sip beer through a straw.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Neither did I !
Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Gorges...
I know that they do!
Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Jo...
Pretty fancy straw, right?
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Hey Rob...
I'll have to look it up.
Thanks for coming by this morning!

Hey Dizzy...
Not my favorite way to go, either.
Thanks for the visit today!