A double-headed male sex toy, mistaken for a mushroom, made unintended headlines on Chinese television this week.
Villagers from Liucunbu, outside the Chinese city of Xi’an, found the sex toy while drilling a new well shaft, reports ABC News.
Unable to identify the flexible, fungi-like object, they called the local news station, which sent reporter Yunfeng Ye to investigate.
On the air, Ye thoroughly probed different aspects of the object and interviewed locals on the alleged mushroom.
One villager said: “It has an eye and a nose, but we don’t know what it is.”
Describing the object in explicit detail, Ye and the villager determine that it was a type of lingzhi, a fungus, which according to legend, has the ability to give immortality.
In her news report, Ye said: “When the Emperor Qin Shi Huang [the First emperor of China] was on the hunt for the secret to longevity, it is said he discovered this lingzhi was the answer.”
After the program aired, many viewers immediately recognized the object as a sex toy.
The news station later posted an apology on Sina Weibo, a Chinese blogging website: “As our reporter was still very young and unwise to the ways of the world. This report has brought great inconvenience to everyone. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for your criticism and correction."