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Antiques Roadshow Expert Drinks Urine After Mistaking It For Vintage Port

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Antiques Roadshow Expert Drinks Urine After Mistaking It For Vintage Port

An expert on the Antiques Roadshow drank 180-year-old urine after mistaking it for vintage port. Bad day at work, mate.

Expert Andy McConnell inadvertently knocked back the ancient p*** after using a syringe to extract it from the bottle. If the thought of drinking old wee isn't bad enough, the concoction also contained some rusted nails and a human hair. Mmm anyone else thirsty?

The bottle was brought on the show in 2016 after being found by a man named John who found it buried in the threshold of his house. That should have been a clue, Andy.

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John was keen to know how old the bottle was and glass expert Andy was on hand to help out.

Andy told John it dated back to the 1800s and that it was super rare to find one with its contents still inside.

John with the mysterious bottle. Credit: BBC
John with the mysterious bottle. Credit: BBC

Now, while you or I might think twice about using a syringe to pierce the cork and extracting some of the mysterious liquid inside to have a little taste, Andy couldn't wait.

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After getting some of the liquid out and popping it into a glass, Andy commented: "It's very brown..." Yep, can't argue with you there, pal.

He then added: "I think it's port... port or red wine... or it's full of rusty old nails and that's rust!" Well, you're partly right Andy.

Delicious! Credit: BBC
Delicious! Credit: BBC
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Fast forward three years to last night's show, where Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce revealed to Andy just what he'd drank.

Fiona said: "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."

Poor Andy didn't look too impressed as she continued: "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.

Andy was surprised to say the least. Credit: BBC
Andy was surprised to say the least. Credit: BBC
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"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 quipped: "Yummy. Such good news." Before adding: "It was too much of a good opportunity to miss!"

Well, rather you than me, pal.

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Claire Reid
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