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Man Discovers Family Heirloom: Slightly Moldy Crumpet From Queen Victoria’s Era

A routine attic cleaning turned into a historical revelation for local man Horace Piddleworth when he stumbled upon what appears to be a slightly moldy crumpet dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria herself. The crumpet, encased in what may or may not be a fragment of royal teatime napkin, has sent ripples of both excitement and revulsion through the world of antiques enthusiasts.

“I was up there looking for my old cricket bat, and lo and behold, there it was,” Horace exclaimed, holding up the offending baked good with a mixture of pride and bewilderment. “Family legend says my great-great-aunt Mildred was a lady-in-waiting, notorious for filching leftovers. Bless her sticky fingers, I say!”

The discovery has sparked a bidding war among eccentric collectors of historical oddities. Lady Winifred Smythe-Whipplebottom, who owns a chipped teacup allegedly used by a disgruntled Henry VIII, is rumored to be preparing an astronomical offer for the musty monarchical morsel.

However, Buckingham Palace has expressed interest in reclaiming the crumpet, citing its potential archaeological significance. A spokesperson for the Royal Household explained, “While we can neither confirm nor deny the crumpet’s provenance, it is imperative for the understanding of royal culinary habits…” The statement trailed off, likely due to someone realizing the absurdity of it all.

Renowned food historian Penelope Crumbsworth has a more pragmatic perspective. “This is a testament to the preservative power of British baked goods,” she remarked dryly. “One shudders to consider the butter-to-mold ratio, however.”

Meanwhile, Horace is wrestling with a dilemma that would make his Victorian ancestors spin in their stuffy collars. “Do I cash in, or do I try to nibble a bit of history?” he mused, eyeing the crumpet with a mixture of hunger and trepidation. “After all, how many can say they’ve tasted a relic of the Empire?”

Regardless of its eventual fate – sold at auction, enshrined in a museum, or bravely consumed in the name of science – the moldy crumpet is a reminder that even the most mundane of objects can hold a surprising bit of history… and possibly a hint of penicillin.

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