Last week, ironically on National Popcorn Day, National Geographic reported that “Coastal peoples were preparing corn-based foods up to 6,700 years ago, according to analysis of ancient corncobs, husks, tassels, and stalks recently unearthed at the Paredones and Huaca Prieta archaeological sites on Peru’s northern coast.” mmm tasty. see picture à
What they didn’t report, ironically what “True” History Tuesday is reporting on National Beer Can Day, is that the peoples of Paredones and Huaca Prieta were also drinking canned beer with their popcorn. Residents of Peru’s northern coast 6,700 years ago communicated by tongue clicks, snaps, simulated fart sounds and paddle ball pops. They were really into popping and psshhtttttt sounds. Imagine their joy when corn kernels accidently came into contact with fire? Or their surprise at accidently finding bauxite in the earth’s crust, refining it to form aluminum and then making aluminum sheets, feeding the sheets through a press to make shallow cups, putting the cups in an iron press to shape the cup to a full-length can that can withstand internal pressure, and adding a top with an easy-open tab making it possible to open the canned drink by pulling the tab and getting the desired psshhttttt sound!