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Man swallows toe, pays $500 fine

The man was drinking the famous Sourtoe Cocktail which contains a human toe, but he wasn't supposed to actually swallow it.
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Michael Hiscock, August 28, 2013 3:45:12 PM

Talk about putting a foot in your mouth.

An American was at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, drinking something known as a Sourtoe Cocktail. Consuming the infamous beverage involves downing a shot of whiskey with a human toe floating around in the glass, and there’s only one rule: ‘You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow — but the lips have gotta touch the toe.’

But apparently kissing the appendage wasn’t enough for this tourist. He gulped down the shot of whiskey and swallowed the decrepit toe whole.

“He stands up, reaches in his pocket, and takes five $100 bills and slams it on the table and starts walking away. And I said ‘Where’s the toe?’ And he said, ‘I swallowed it,”‘ the hotel’s so-called toe captain Terry Lee said, describing the event.

Lee added that the fine has since been increased to $2,500 to provide more of a deterrent against swallowing because the hotel only has one toe left.

The strange tradition began in 1973 after a toe believed to belong to a prohibition-era rum runner was found in a cabin by a boat captain named Dick Stevenson, prompting him to open the ‘Sourtoe Cocktail Club.’ Since then, around 52,000 people have tried it.

Now who’s up for a cold one?

Image Credit: CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody

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