An Antiques Roadshow expert drank a 180-year-old bottle of urine after mistaking it for a vintage port. Now that’s a pretty embarrassing mistake to make at the workplace.
Expert Andy McConnell was unaware at the time that he was consuming ancient p*** after extracting it from the bottle with a syringe. If drinking wee doesn’t sound bad enough on its own, the solution also contained some rusted nails and human hair.
The bottle was brought to the show in 2016, after being discovered by a man named John who discovered it in the threshold of his house.
Keen to know what was inside the bottle, without having to do any sampling himself, John decided to get the superior knowledge from bottle and glass expert Andy, who was on hand to find out the truth behind the murky coloured bottle.
Andy informed John that the bottle dated back to the 1800s, and the fact that it still contained its content was super rare.
Eager to examine the mysterious liquid further, Andy decided to use a syringe to pierce the cork and extract the yellowish concoction.
After pouring the liquid into the glass, Andy commented: “It’s very brown…”.
He then went on to add: “I think it’s port… port or red wine… or it’s full of rusty old nails and that’s rust!”
Unfortunately, Andy didn’t stop his analysis of the drink at that and decided to take a sip.
Three years on, host of the daytime show Fiona Bruce decided to reveal to Andy what it was that he actually drank.
Fiona said to Andy: “Inside were these brass pins, all of these dating from the late 1840s and the liquid – urine, a tiny bit of alcohol and one human hair.”
Of course, Andy was not impressed by this unwanted information. But Fiona still had more to add: “…And a mysterious little creature called an ostracod, which is like a little cockle. So, what this was not a bottle of port or wine but a witches’ bottle.
“So, buried in the threshold of the house as a talisman against witchcraft, against curses, against misfortune coming into the home. So, you glad you tried it?”
Andy replied: “Yummy. Such good news. It was too much of a good opportunity to miss!”
Well, if that helps him feel better about drinking a bottle of ancient wee, then so be it.
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