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July 18, 2008 at 10:48 am

Some things are just ridiculous lately when it comes to expiration dates. I mean, when exactly did canned food that I was supposed to be able to stuff into my personal backyard underground bunker and forget about for a decade or two until the last surviving human crawled along needing lunch start requiring an expiration date at all, much less one no more than three years from the date of purchase? Bah. Those Vienna sausages would probably be okay three years after being opened as long as the cats didn’t get them. The entire purpose of canning food in the first place is to give it a half-life rivaling carbon-14.

Admittedly, I have neither personal backyard nor underground bunker, but that’s hardly the issue. While fresh meat and dairy have distinctly limited lifespans, Spam really should, by all rights, outlive me. This two to three year business is just absurd. That date on the can of Coke? It seriously can only indicate the duration that the caustic fluid can safely be contained by mere aluminum before escaping to find newer, tastier victims. Perhaps it is a warning to be heeded after all…
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