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Swallow last toe and you'll be sorry

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DAWSON CITY, Yukon -- A man has left a Dawson City, Yukon, hotel in a bit of a toe jam.

The man was at the Downtown Hotel Saturday night drinking the infamous Sourtoe Cocktail, which involves swigging a shot of whiskey with a human toe in the glass and allowing the toe to touch the drinker's lips.

This time, the patron swallowed the digit -- on purpose. The hotel's so-called toe captain, Terry Lee, performed the drink ceremony, and said the man took the shot, gulped down the toe and then slapped $500 dollars on the counter, the fine for swallowing the appendage.

Lee said the fine has since been increased to $2,500, to provide more of a deterrent because now the hotel only has one toe left. The two shrivelled brown toes have rotated, with one in use and the other stored in coarse salt.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 29, 2013 A2

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