For those who don’t live in Canada, the northern country can seem like a pretty odd place. A lot of people think that Canadians ride moose or have an actual ice queen who rules the land, but while those things aren’t true that doesn’t mean Canada doesn’t have some pretty unbelievable things going on.
Take this Canadian bar, the Sourdough Saloon, located in the Downtown Hotel in Yukon, for example. They have a signature drink called the Sourtoe Cocktail which is actually made with a real human toe. When you order the drink you are required to take a shot of whiskey with the toe submerged in it until it touches your lips.
Pretty gross, right? Well, the tradition goes all the way back to the 1920s after a rumrunner lost their toe to frostbite and preserved it in a jar of alcohol. It was found in 1970 by Capt. Dick Stevenson who brought it to the Downtown Hotel and dared people into taking a shot from the jar with the toe inside.
Those who partake in doing the shot become a part of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club.
The bar’s slogan is “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips must touch the toe.”
Unfortunately, the toe was stolen on the 17th of June. “We are furious,” the bar’s “toe Captain” said to Global News on Sunday morning. “Toes are very hard to come by.”
According to Lee, the man who stole the toe was from Quebec. He had openly bragged about wanting to steal it earlier in the night.
In hopes of getting the toe back, the bar put out a reward for anyone with information as the stolen toe was considered the bar’s newest one. In fact, they’d only begun using it that weekend.
Finally, four days later the RCMP returned the toe to the Sourdough Saloon and they even took a picture of the missing appendage.
It’s not the first time the bar has lost a toe though. Many people steal them or wind up swallowing them whole.
The original toe was lost in 1980 after a miner accidentally swallowed it. The bar now charges a $2, 500 fine if a toe is swallowed on purpose.
As toes are lost often, the bar does actually keep a backup of toes which people can donate. Some toes have come after amputation, frostbite, or lawnmower accidents. They always have applications open too.
Needless to say, the entire incident really left quite a few people on the internet confused.
Or disgusted. I mean, it’s not every day that you find out a bar uses real human toes in their cocktails.
Some were petrified at the idea and wondered how using a real human body part in a drink could even be legal, which does seem like a good question if you think about it.
It’s been a great story for satirical websites and social media channels. Though the funny thing is that this is 100% what happened but it sound sounds fake, doesn’t it?
And, of course, if you’re a typical Yukon-er, or Canadian in general, then maybe you just demanded justice for the stolen toe. People on Twitter reported that this story awoke their patriotism.
Still, most people were pretty disgusted. But through that disgust, you definitely have people who believe it’s best to stand up for the lost toe.
And last but not least, the Sourdough Saloon pressed on even without their beloved new toe! Keep on keepin’ on!