There's nothing like finding a giant lump of butter to brighten up your day, right?
Perhaps there are better things, but an enormous chunk of the popular dairy product is exactly what Jack Conway found in Emlagh bog in County Meath, Ireland. And it wasn't packaged in the typical small container you find at grocery stores - this thing weighs a whopping 22 pounds and is said to be more than 2,000 years old, according to researchers at the Cavan Museum.
Conway, a turf cutter who harvests turf or peat - a type of moss - from a bog to burn for warmth during the colder months.
He came across the incredible find when he was chopping turf near his home.
Bogs, better known as wetlands with spongy soil, have low temperatures and oxygen levels in a highly acidic environment, making them a surprisingly not-so-uncommon place to find buried butter. Though the butter is made from cow's milk, after thousands of years, it usually takes on the consistency of cheese.
Savina Donohoe, Cavan County Museum's curator, said the bog butter was found about 16 feet under the ground. And because it was buried without a case, it indicates that "the butter was buried as an offering to the Gods." Donohoe went on to add that "in the past this was a common ritual as butter was seen as a luxury and a sign of wealth - it was often used to pay rents and taxes."
The butter even apparently smelled like the real deal, and shockingly, is still edible. It has since been sent to the National Museum's Conservation Department to be studied.
Who would have ever thought that butter defined wealth and a rent payment?