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Rotten Thing Finally Located in Denmark

09/27/2011 02:45 pm ET | Updated Nov 27, 2011

VEJLE, Denmark -- The famous line in Shakespeare's play, Hamlet "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark," is used to describe corruption or a situation in which something is wrong. Curious about the phrase's origin, Danish explorer Andreas Fridtjof has successfully concluded his seven year search for the actual rotten item that inspired the saying.

"We got very lucky," admitted Fridtjof, "because at times it felt like we were searching for a needle in a haystack. But we finally came across an old sardine dumping ground, where for thousands of years, fishermen would dump their excess sardines. Even though it hadn't been used in decades, the stench was still nearly unbearable, truly rotten."

Fridtjof then researched Shakespeare's journals to find that the Bard did indeed make a trip to Denmark shortly before writing Hamlet, and even stayed near Vejle, where the sardine dumping ground was located. As a result of Fridtjof's discovery, the Danish People's Assembly has passed a resolution declaring the sardine dumping ground a protected, national historical landmark.

"Now that my team has cleared up one of the theater world's greatest mysteries, we can move on to our next challenge -- finding the actual Big Apple for which New York City was named," revealed Fridtjof. "So far, we have over 200 possible leads."