A churchgoer who seeked help to identify what she believed to be a ‘vintage bottle stopper’ was left saying there ‘isn’t enough soap’ after being told exactly what it was.
A woman, known only as Jane, posted images of the unknown item to a glass collector Facebook group asking for help, after it was discovered washed up in a garden following a heavy storm.
Jane, 61, wrote: “Got a friend of my sister that came across a solid glass piece. Since she can’t figure it out she reached out to me and now I’m reaching out to all of you!
“Hoping to get an idea of what it is. Only thing coming to mind is either a bottle stopper for a decanter or possibly a chess piece.
“4.5 inches tall, 1.5 diameter at fat part and 1.75 at base. No significant scratches anywhere does look to have reflective gold coating on it.”
With some quick to recognise exactly what the ‘treasure’ that had been unearthed was, one broke it to Jane as gently as possible, replying: “It’s a stopper… just not for a bottle.”
Reading through some of the less cryptic replies, Jane, from Indiana, discovered her sister was now in the possession of a sex toy.
She updated the post to say: “I am thankful I know nothing of this ‘world’ that uses products such as this and quite frankly, I don’t want to know.
“Well my sister and I are both cracking up! But the fact she picked it up and handled it… I don’t think there’s enough soap to wash away that image.”
Jane, and her sister, have since been able to see the funny side, with the public confusion leaving them ‘cracking up’ as the post gathered so much attention the moderator had to disable comments simply to keep up.
Messages included one which said: “So are we calling this a** glass?”
A second advised: “It’s a stopper alright, but think orifice not bottle.”
Another seemed to poke fun at poor Jane’s suggestion it was part of a chess set, writing: “Looks like she found a knight. Maybe the others will turn up soon. It’s a shame when a set gets split apart.”
Jane, her sister and their friend didn’t want to be identified as they are all very active members of their churches and didn’t want to risk harming their reputations.
Some questioned whether the post had been done in jest, commenting: “YOOOOO FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. I hope this post isn’t for real but you gotta love the detail they went through.”
Jane replied to say it was very real and ‘the three of us have clearly lived sheltered lives’ and the trio had never seen one before.
She added: “Now that we all know what it is, we have thoroughly washed our hands (even though two of us never touched it) and are having a good laugh at the education we just got.
“My sister is very religious and so is her friend and quite frankly none of us knew what it was. Her friend is now horrified!”