Tesco’s Baffling Expiry Date On Relish Bottle Stuns The Internet, Jokes Ensue
By Yimin Huang, 26 Jun 2019
British supermarket Tesco has left a buyer confused after he came across a curious expiry date written on a product.
Shopper Matthew Stock shared a photograph on Twitter with a burger relish bottle marked with “20140” as its expiry date, hoping for an explanation.
A representative for Tesco was also baffled, and asked him to send the product’s barcode number. A spokesperson named Maggie then followed up the query with the strangest explanation ever, detailing that the date follows the rarely-used Julian calendar, where 20140 is the 140th day of the year, and translates to 20 May 2020 on the Gregorian calendar.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Julian calendar—because who would be—it is a solar-based calendar introduced by Julius Caesar way back in 46BC, and has not been used in Britain since 1752, when the mainstream Gregorian calendar took over.
The explanation created more questions than answers, as Stock tweeted back, “Surely that’s not a legitimate way of dating products?” Maggie also agreed and had to go back to her team for more clarification.
Twitter users are thoroughly entertained by the exchange, and have come up with their own jokes, citing more obscure calendars to mock Tesco’s expiry date format for its products.
Another Tesco spokesperson has finally responded by saying the Julian calendar was used by a supplier “for internal traceability,” and that the standard expiry date is on the outside of the main package.
If I'm honest Matthew, I have no idea. 2nd of January 2040? Can you send me the products barcode number? I'll have a chat with my support team about this and find out for you. Thanks - Sharon— Tesco (@Tesco) June 23, 2019
Okay Maggie. Are you serious? Surely that's not a legitimate way of dating products? That still dont help me. Like do you have a copy of this?— Matthew Stock (@mattyjstock) June 25, 2019
That's not the Julian date conversion for 20140. 20140 is 21st February, 4658 BCE. It was a Tuesday. I don't think you should eat that relish, but the British Museum might be interested in it.— Dave Cridland (@DwdDave) June 25, 2019
[trying to figure out when my noodles expire] "and when the lion lies with the lamb and all the sky turn red, then shall ye noodles be dryeth"— James Felton (@JimMFelton) June 25, 2019
“The number counts the number of dusks since six days after the anniversary of Jesus’s birth”— Jon Land (@JonLand7) June 25, 2019
I'm guessing for that you must reference the Chinese Zodiac.— Joe Molloy (@FreelanceWebDev) June 25, 2019
[via Independent UK, cover image via Tana888 / Shutterstock.com]
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