Few blood feuds run deeper in this world than the great battle between Australia's Vegemite and Britain's Marmite, two competing brands of concentrated yeast extract that, for some inexplicable reason, people love to spread on their toast. And while the debate dates back almost a century (Vegemite launched in 1923, while Marmite's roots go all the way back to the turn of the 20th century), team Vegemite had a big win this week when Miley Cyrus debuted a new tattoo of the brown, viscous paste on her left tricep.
On Sunday, celebrity tattoo artist Doctor Woo shared a black and white photo of Cyrus' new ink on Instagram, and most fans took the image as a subtle proclamation of the singer's relationship status with former fiancé Liam Hemsworth. Born and raised in Melbourne, Hemsworth—who also happens to be the world's sexiest vegan—was a huge fan of the salty, meatless topping, eating it as a snack as a child.
"After-school Milo and Vegemite on toast," he said in an interview with Australia's Sunday Style. "I lived on it."
While Cyrus may have been attempting to show her affection for Hemsworth, the Vegemite-Marmite debate is all too real, and continues to rage on in Australia and the U.K. Each country claims it has the best yeast-based salty topping to cure the nastiest of hangovers, and last year, Pizza Hut even doubled down and offered Australian eaters a Vegemite stuffed crust pizza, which sounds...interesting.
In 2013, the Huffington Post brought a group of Americans together to test Vegemite and Marmite for the first time. The reviews ranged from "tastes like molasses gone bad" to “this is not food" to "smells like death" to "I gagged."
Perpahs when it comes to the Vegemite and Marmite debate, the truth is everybody loses.