People on the internet want to drink the sarcophagus water

Warning: This story contains a graphic image of decaying skeletons.

More than 3000 people have signed a petition asking to be allowed to drink the brown liquid found in a huge black ancient Egyptian sarcophagus.

The 2.65m-long coffin was found earlier this month buried beneath a street in Alexandria. Warnings it shouldn't be opened overs fears it would unleash the apocalypse were ignored - archaeologists from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities found it contained three skeletons and sewage water, that had leaked in through a crack in the side.

"We've opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness," said secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, clearly aware of the chatter the mysterious find had generated online.

The insides of the sarcophagus.
The insides of the sarcophagus. Photo credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

But revealing its contents doesn't appear to have satisfied everyone. In a petition on, user Innes McK hopes public opinion will force Egypt to let people drink the water.

"We need to drink the red liquid from the cursed dark sarcophagus in the form of some sort of carbonated energy drink so we can assume its powers and finally die," petition organiser Innes Mck wrote.

The stench in the coffin was so powerful, after opening it only 5cm the site had to be evacuated. This hasn't put off more than 3000 people from signing the petition, giving a range of reasons for wanting to drink it.

"I want to gargle that sh*t. And no one should stand in the way of me doing that," said Brian Thompson.

"Red Bull doesn't do anything for me anymore," added Deb Ryan.

Innes Mck - probably not their real name - shot down naysayers who said it's just ordinary sewage.

"Please stop trying to tell me the skeleton juice is mostly sewage - that's impossible, everyone knows skeletons cannot poop."

It's not clear what's actually going to happen to the water. The skeletons will be sent to the National Museum of Alexandria, the sarcophagus repaired, and the surrounding area searched thoroughly for more ancient secrets.