American swallows pickled human toe at Canadian bar

Leave it to an American to shake up tradition.

An American worker deliberately swallowed a pickled human toe in a bar in Canada on Saturday night, according to a report in

The Downtown Hotel bar’s bizarre 40-year-old Yukon ritual calls for kissing — not swallowing — the toe.

Here’s how it’s supposed to work: The “Sourtoe Cocktail” ritual let’s a patron order his or her drink of choice with a little something extra — a floating human toe. Those who are bold enough to kiss the preserved toe gets bragging rights. To deter shenanigans, the bar charges a $500 fine for swallowing the toe.

The unidentified man, who is believed to be from New Orleans, washed the toe down with a beer chaser and then slapped $500 onto the bar.

The bar owner and others who appreciate their ritual were not amused.

But all is not ‘toe-tally’ lost. The bar expects to continue to get donated replacement toes.

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