Assyrian Tablets refers to clay blocks from ancient Assyria which were used as a means to send messages. After a picture of multiple tablets in a bowl was posted to Twitter, users commented that the bowl of tablets looked like a bowl of cereal or crackers, leading to a series of forbidden snacks jokes.


On October 13th, 2020, Twitter user @serbiaireland posted a picture of Assyrian tablets, writing, “Anyone hungry? A bowl of 4000-5000 years old Assyrian tablets, with letters, contracts and receipts.” The tweet gained over 1,700 retweets and 2,700 likes (shown below).


After the tweet was posted, multiple Twitter users made “forbidden snacks” jokes about the bowl of tablets, thinking they looked edible. For example, Twitter user @matt_heath called them “forbidden shreddies,” gaining over 6,800 retweets and 58,000 likes (shown below, left). User @varsha_venkat_ tweeted the image saying, “ancient cinnamon toast crunch” (shown below, right). Jokes were covered by the Daily Dot.

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