Steven Thomas, known online as Steve1989MREInfo or Steve1989, is an American YouTuber and military ration commentator, best known for his YouTube video content, which mainly consists of videos of Thomas unboxing and taste-testing old and obscure military field rations.
Steven Andrew Thomas
April 1989 (age 30)
|Total views||192.69 million|
|Updated 5 November 2019|
|Signature phrase||"Let's get this out onto a tray. Nice!"|
Thomas's interest in military rations began in 1997 when his father purchased a case of US rations from an Army Navy Store. The first ration Thomas ate from the case was a ham slice meal manufactured in 1993, which he ate cold because he did not know how to use the heating device.
Thomas began his YouTube channel in November 2015 and first gained notoriety in January 2016 for a video in which he ate 61-year-old peanut butter from a Korean War-era Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE). Later that year, a video review of Thomas eating American Civil War-era hardtack from 1863 went viral. Thomas has opened, eaten and reviewed a variety of military chocolate, including the notorious World War II-era D ration and Tropical Bar, both manufactured by the Hershey Company. Prior to 1975 several U.S. military rations contained cigarettes, and Thomas does smoke and review the cigarettes in older rations, with the oldest cigarette smoked being a Chelsea-brand cigarette dating to 1942, making it 75 years old when it was smoked. He has reviewed rations from the British Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, Russian Special Forces and both vintage and contemporary rations from a wide variety of armed forces from all over the world.
Despite eating rations that are well beyond the recommended shelf life specified by Natick Laboratories and other manufacturers, Thomas has reported that he rarely becomes ill, though he did contract E. coli and had to be hospitalized in 2015, ironically from a ration that was actually within its shelf life. Thomas described a cheese spread from a 1985 MRE as, "the grossest thing I've ever tasted, because it literally felt like fire. And bitterness."
Because many of the rations Thomas opens are extremely rare, he has stated that he will only review a ration once he has obtained a duplicate that will remain unopened in a private collection.
Despite his dedication to military rations, Thomas has not served in the military.
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